Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid has been named the winner of the 2021 Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to “the most outstanding player in the NHL” as voted on by members of the NHLPA.
The victory is McDavid’s third win over Ted Lindsay: In just his sixth NHL season, the young center has now been named MVP in half of his NHL seasons.
There was little doubt about this one. The 24-year-old pitched one of the most dominant offensive campaigns in NHL history this season, racking up 105 points in just 56 games, the only player to reach triple digits in a condensed season that most assumed would mean zero scorers. of 100 points. .
His sum of a century earned him the third Art Ross Trophy of his career as the game’s leading scorer, with the league’s next top scorer, teammate Leon Draisaitl, finishing 21 points behind McDavid. The captain’s 72 assists were more than the total point sums of any player in the league aside from Draisaitl, while his pace of 1.88 points per game and 68 strength points equaled all NHL players.
With the 2021 victory in tow, McDavid becomes the seventh player of all time to claim the Ted Lindsay three times, joining Sidney Crosby, Mario Lemieux, Guy Lafleur, Jaromir Jagr and Alex Ovechkin.