McDavid won the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association on Wednesday. The young Oilers captain captured multiple awards Wednesday, including the Art Ross as the league's leading scorer and the Ted Lindsay Award. In what promises to be an illustrious career, like Sidney Crosby, McDavid captured all three trophies in just his second year in the NHL. McDavid's terrifying mix of speed and skill makes him a devastating offensive player, and no one else in the league seems to be able to keep pace with him. He is the third consecutive first-time winner of the award, following Carey Price in 2015 and Patrick Kane in 2016.
McDavid was the league's scoring leader with 100 points, the only player to reach the century mark for the 2016-17 season. Well, that didn't take long. After being limited to just 45 games in his rookie season due to a broken collarbone, McDavid played in all 82 games and scored 100 points to claim his first league scoring title, edging Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane by 11 points. As a testament to McDavid's dominance, just 27 of his points came on the power play, the lowest percentage among the league's top five scorers. McDavid is the third-youngest Art Ross winner in NHL history after Wayne Gretzky and Crosby, and he's just starting an NHL career that promises to equally illustrious. McDavid's all-around game isn't as polished as Crosby's, but he's arguably the most dangerous offensive player in the league and he ranked fourth among forwards in average ice time.
Along with winning the Art Ross Trophy, McDavid was named the league's best player as voted by the NHLPA. Of all the awards McDavid has won, the Lindsay Award is perhaps the most significant because it's voted on by his peers. Nobody else in the league can mix high speed and elite playmaking ability like McDavid, who is a shining example of the NHL's emphasis on quickness and skill. Like Sidney Crosby, McDavid managed to win the Lindsay in just his second year in the league, and he'll win plenty of other trophies down the road. McDavid is the first Oiler to win the Lindsay since Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier won it during the Oilers' "City of Champions" era.
McDavid scored a power-play goal and recorded an assist during Friday's Game 5 double-overtime loss to Anaheim. McDavid is always dangerous, but he looked dominant for most of Game 5. While it was a tough-luck loss, it was encouraging to see the Oilers captain confidently tap linemate Leon Draisaitl after the overtime loss and say, "let's go." McDavid has now scored a goal in three consecutive games and has five tallies and nine points through 11 playoff games. It wouldn't be surprising to see McDavid have his best game of the postseason Sunday in Game 6.
McDavid netted his fourth goal of these playoffs Wednesday, firing a wrister past John Gibson in the Game 4 home loss to the Ducks. The lamp-lighter from McDavid helped the Oilers jump out to a 2-0 lead that would quickly be squandered in the second frame. With the series knotted at 2-2, the onus will be on McDavid to furiously attack the net -- he's only averaging 2.7 shots per game after clearing the 3.0 mark during the regular season.
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