Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday won the Ted Lindsay Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by members of the NHL Players’ Association.
McDavid led the NHL with 105 points (33 goals, 72 assists), 21 ahead of Oilers teammate Leon Draisaitl, who was second with 84 points. The center led the NHL in assists, even-strength points (68) and power-play points (37) and was second in goals and game-winning goals (11). It was the third time McDavid led the NHL in scoring (100 points in 2016-17; 108 in 2017-18).
“To have your fellow peers recognize you, it really means a lot,” McDavid said. “These are the guys we go up against each and every night and battle hard against. For them to recognize you, it really is a special feeling.”
McDavid scored at least one point in 45 of 56 regular-season games and had 33 multipoint games, including 18 with at least three points. The Oilers were 33-11-1 when McDavid scored a point this season and 2-8-1 when he didn’t.
He helped Edmonton (35-19-2) finish second in the Scotia North Division and advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where the Oilers were swept by the Winnipeg Jets in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup First Round.
“It really is a team award, and I’m just so grateful to have so many great people in my life,” McDavid said.
McDavid won the Ted Lindsay Award for the third time (2016-17, 2017-18), and is the second straight Edmonton player to win it after Draisaitl last season. He is the seventh player to win it at least three times, joining Wayne Gretzky (five), Mario Lemieux (four) and Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr, Guy Lafleur and Alex Ovechkin (three times each).
“I just feel so humbled and grateful to have won this award a few times,” McDavid said.
The Oilers captain also is a finalist for the Hart Trophy as most valuable player in the NHL, which is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Crosby, a center for the Pittsburgh Penguins, were the other finalists for the award, which players voted on before the postseason began.
Matthews led the NHL with 41 goals in 52 games and had 66 points and a plus-21 rating. Twelve of his goals were game-winners, which also led the NHL.
Crosby played 55 games during the regular season and led the Penguins in goals (24), assists (38) and points (62).