The finalists for obtaining many trophies have been unveiled over the last week, but the three candidates in the running for the Hart, awarded to the outstanding player in the national hockey League, will be known only on Tuesday 21 July. However, according to the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche Jared Bednar, there is no doubt that its forward Nathan MacKinnon should be considered.
“If I had to vote, I would vote for MacKinnon to the Ted-Lindsay and the Hart, said Bednar, cited earlier this week by the website of the NHL. I believe that it will get a lot of votes and I hope that it will be able to earn these honors.”
Already, MacKinnon finds himself alongside Leon Draisaitl, the Edmonton Oilers, and Artemi Panarin, of the New York Rangers to the trophy, Ted-Lindsay, which is awarded to the best player of the season, judged by other athletes of the NHL. He was also named to the Lady-Byng, which is awarded to the player who has displayed an exemplary sporting spirit. Remains to be seen whether MacKinnon will be also a finalist for the Hart.
“His offensive capabilities do not change, no matter with who he plays. We did play with it a bit throughout the world this season, (Matt) Calvert at (Matt) Nieto, passing by Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen, said Bednar. He finds a way to produce and help us win games.”
Very useful to the Avalanche
While Rantanen has been limited to 42 games in 2019-2020, MacKinnon has, however, been able to collect 93 points, including 35 goals, in 69 meetings. It has strongly contributed to qualify the Avalanche to the playoffs. The formation of the Colorado, with a record of 42-20-8, is found even among the four best clubs of the Association of the West and thus avoid the qualification round.
Among the other players who are likely to receive many votes for the Hart, the other two finalists for the Ted-Lindsay, either Draisaitl and Panarin, must not be under-estimated.
Before knowing the three candidates for the Hart trophy, the NHL will unveil in addition, on Monday, the players nominated for the Norris (defender par excellence) and the Selke (best attacker-defensive).