Connor McDavid: The Inevitable Conn Smythe Winner

Connor McDavid's historic playoff run makes him the inevitable Conn Smythe winner, despite the Oilers' Game 6 deficit against the Panthers.
2024 Stanley Cup Final - Game Five
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As the Stanley Cup Finals approach a pivotal Game 6, the narrative surrounding Connor McDavid and his undeniable impact on the Edmonton Oilers' postseason run has reached unprecedented heights. Despite trailing the series 3-2 against the Florida Panthers, McDavid’s amazing play has elevated him to an area where individual impact cannot be overlooked. Regardless of the series outcome, Connor McDavid has solidified his claim to the Conn Smythe Trophy.

McDavid’s recent performances have rewritten the record books and reshaped the conversation around playoff dominance. In the past two games alone, he has amassed an astonishing 8 points, setting a new NHL record for the most points in a two-game span during the Stanley Cup Final. This feat places him alongside legends of the game and underscores his ability to elevate his play when it matters most.

Statistically, McDavid has etched his name among the elite of postseason history. With 40 points and counting, he now ranks among the top five for points in a single playoff season, a list historically dominated by icons like Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Notably, McDavid already holds the record for the most assists in a single postseason with 34, showcasing not only his scoring prowess but also his playmaking ability that has been instrumental in Edmonton’s playoff journey.

The Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the NHL playoffs, traditionally favors players on the championship-winning team. However, McDavid’s performance should overcome the typical considerations of team success. His impact on the ice has been nothing short of transformative, single-handedly keeping the Oilers competitive against a formidable Panthers team.

While the Oilers face an uphill battle to force a Game 7 and potentially clinch the Stanley Cup, the narrative surrounding McDavid’s postseason heroics has already been set. His dominance has been so profound that even in the event of an Oilers defeat, his candidacy for the Conn Smythe remains. Rarely does a player from the losing side garner such strong consideration for the award, but McDavid’s statistical achievements, combined with his on-ice presence and leadership, leave little room for debate.

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In a perfect scenario, the Oilers would rally behind McDavid’s brilliance to secure both the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Stanley Cup. However, even if the Stanley Cup eludes them, McDavid’s performance throughout the playoffs has been nothing short of spectacular. Whether lifting the Cup or not, Connor McDavid has already carved out a legacy in these playoffs that will be remembered for years to come.