Oilers News: Connor McDavid Is A Finalist For The Ted Lindsay Award

Connor McDavid #97, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Connor McDavid #97, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /

The Ted Lindsay Award is given out on a yearly basis to the player that is voted to be most outstanding by the NHLPA. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers has been nominated for the award this season.

This is not McDavid’s first time being nominated for the award. He has been a finalist four times in his career and has won it twice already. McDavid should be a clear choice to take home the trophy as he had one of the best seasons in NHL history.

In 56 games Connor McDavid put up 105 points on the way to capturing his third Art Ross Trophy at just the age of 24 years old. McDavid more so than any other player on this list is doing this alone outside of Leon Draisailt, as the two were relied up on to score a lot of goals.

Here are the other nominees for the Ted Lindsay Award:

Auston Matthews:

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Matthews just came off an unbelievable season putting up 41 goals in 52 games. He led the league in game-winning goals and shots on goal. While Matthews definitely did have an unbelievable season, I think McDavid just was better. Scoring 41 goals is pretty remarkable but he did so on a better team than Edmonton with a better supporting cast.

Sidney Crosby:

Crosby did have a great season for his team willing them into the playoffs but I do not think he was that remarkable by any sense. He did not have the 41 goals Matthews had or the 105 points McDavid put up. Personally, I think this is a conversation between who deserves it more, McDavid or Matthews.

It is kind of funny that all three of these guys have been bounced out of the first round. I guess that will limit any other biases that we could potentially see if one guy is still competing in the playoffs.

McDavid has won a lot of personal trophies like the Ted Lindsay before, he has won the Hart Trophy, three Art Ross Trophies, and Two Ted Lindsay Awards. The 24-year-old has had a lot of success, and I cannot wait to see him add a Stanley Cup to his collection someday in the future.