Individual NHL honors: Leon Draisaitl crowns fantastic season

Individual NHL honors: Leon Draisaitl crowns fantastic season

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl received one of the National Hockey League's (NHL's) most prestigious honors, the Hart Trophy, awarded to his team's most valuable player on Monday in Edmonton , before the second game of the series between the Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The German has also heard his name spoken by a former star of the Alberta training, Wayne Gretzky, who won it nine times during his career.

Draisaitl topped the Bettman Circuit scorecard in 2019-2020, scoring 110, 13 more than his closest pursuer, also teammate Connor McDavid. This is the first time in his career that he has earned this distinction.

The 24-year-old athlete appeared 168 times out of 170 ballots handed out by members of the Professional Print Media Association and garnered 91 first-place votes.

He edged out Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Artemi Panarin.

Draisaitl has really been unanimous throughout the NHL this season, as he also won the Ted-Lindsay Trophy, awarded to the best player in the league, but voted by the players.

Once again, he edged MacKinnon and Panarin.

Favorite Makar over Hughes

As for the Calder Trophy, an honor given to the best first year player, it was defenseman Cale Makar who was the recipient.

Colorado Avalanche rep was preferred over Vancouver Canucks back Quinn Hughes and Chicago Blackhawks forward Dominik Kubalik.

However, it should be noted that the competition was really between the two defenders.

Makar has led the rookie fulls with 12 goals this season, including four on the power play. He also provided 38 assists for 50 points in 57 games.

For his part, Hughes had eight goals and 45 assists for 53 points in 68 games. The two young men respectively maintained differentials of -12 and -10.

Hellebuyck dethrones Vasilevskiy

For his part, Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck received the Vézina Trophy, awarded to the best goalkeeper on the Bettman circuit.

The American posted a 31-21-5 record, while maintaining a 2.57 goals-against average and .922 save rate. His 31 victories have placed him second in the league in this regard. He also dominated the NHL with six shutouts.

He edged out Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who defended his title, and Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins.

A first for Josi

Roman Josi was chosen as the best defenseman on the Bettman circuit. The 30-year-old athlete gets his hands on his first Norris trophy.

This season, the Predators captain set personal highs with 16 goals, 49 assists and 65 points. In 69 games, he also maintained a +22 rating and blocked 108 shots.

Josi was competing against Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Ligthning) and John Carlson (Washington Capitals). It was the first time in his career that he had won this honor.

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