McDavid will serve as the captain for Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. The captain role for Canada in major tournaments has belonged to Sidney Crosby for nearly a decade, but with Sid's Penguins still in the playoffs, the job will now fall to McDavid. The center is coming off an Art Ross-winning campaign that's only blight comes from the lack of postseason play for the Oilers. Depending on availability, McDavid and Crosby should trade off the responsibilities on a regular basis for a long time.
McDavid has been nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award, the Edmonton Sun reports. McDavid earned his nomination by setting a career-best 108 points (41 goals, 67 assists) in 82 games in 2017-18. The Ted Lindsay Award is handed out each year to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by the NHLPA. Nathan MacKinnon of Colorado and Taylor Hall of New Jersey (formerly of Edmonton) have also been nominated.
McDavid posted two assists in the season finale to clinch his second straight scoring title during a 3-2 shootout victory over the Canucks on Saturday. The Art Ross was pretty much already his, but the two assists really put it out of reach for anyone else to make a run at on the final day of the season. On his way to a career-best 108 points, he posted a career-high 41 goals and nearly matched his best in the assist category as well with 67. Incredibly, McDavid posted his first 40-goal season despite only scoring five times on the power play. Owners would like to see more production on the man advantage, but from a fantasy (and perhaps real life) perspective, McDavid is the top player in the game.
McDavid recorded three assists to extend his lead in the NHL scoring race Thursday against Vegas. McDavid has 106 points (41 goals) -- eight more than Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov and Flyers forward Claude Giroux. He's put together a sensational season despite the Oilers missing the playoffs and should receive Hart Trophy consideration. The 21-year-old will likely end up winning the Art Ross Trophy and needs to be in your lineup for his final game of the season Saturday against Vancouver.
McDavid scored a goal and two assists in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jackets. He came flying out of the gate, nearly single-handedly staking Edmonton to a 3-0 lead midway through the first period, but the Columbus defense kept McDavid neutralized after that and no one else picked up the slack. The 21-year-old now has a career-high 102 points on the season, making him the first Oiler with back-to-back 100-point campaigns since the glory days of Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier.
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