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Oilers representatives at the NHL Awards view their nominations as testaments to team success

by Ryan Frankson /

Connor McDavid, Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan may be representing the Oilers as finalists at the NHL Awards, but they view these honours as a testament to the growth and improvement the team achieved during the 2016-17 season.

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As the NHL's leading scorer with 100 points, McDavid will accept the Art Ross Trophy at tomorrow's ceremony in Las Vegas. He is also a finalist for the Hart Trophy most valuable player award and the Ted Lindsay Award, voted on by the NHLPA for the League's most outstanding player. 

McLellan is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year, while Chiarelli is nominated for general manager of the year.

"The fact that we're here means the organization as a whole had a good season," McLellan said. "It takes a team to reach the point that we did this season. It wasn't just one man or one coach or one manager."

"It's an honour," Chiarelli echoed. "It's a reflection of our team, our coach and our players."

McDavid offered praise for both Chiarelli and McLellan for their work building and guiding the team, respectively.

"It's a testament to both of those guys and the work they've done," the captain said of the NHL Awards nods. "Todd's system is one that took us a little bit of time to learn, but once we did I think you saw how successful it can be. And Peter pulling the trigger on some pretty difficult deals and having them work out. It's a credit to those two."

The 20-year-old phenom didn't forget about his teammates either, acknowledging them for helping him elevate his game to an elite level this past season.

"I'm here but the thing I think about all the time is how lucky I am to be able play with the guys I do and the team I have around me," McDavid said. "It's so special to be able to play with those guys."

The NHL Awards and Expansion Draft will be held Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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