TORONTO (April 25, 2019) - For the third-straight season, Oilers captain Connor McDavid has been named one of the three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually "to the most outstanding player in the NHL" as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA).
Other nominees include Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov, a first-time nominee who recorded 128 points and his first Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer, and Chicago's Patrick Kane, who's seeking his second Ted Lindsay Award after becoming the first U.S.-born player to receive the award in 2015-16.
McDavid played in 78 regular-season games for the Oilers, leading his team in scoring and establishing a personal best for points with 116 (41G, 75A).
The centre from Richmond Hill, Ontario, paced all NHL scorers in even-strength points (81), one more than the other two finalists, and McDavid also led all NHL forwards in average ice time (22:50), tied for second overall in game-winning goals (9) and placed third in takeaways (99) while ranking second in the league in points, points per game (1.49) and multi-point games (36).
McDavid looks to become the first three-time recipient before the age of 23, and the first player to be deemed most outstanding by his peers in three consecutive seasons since Alexander Ovechkin (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10).
Formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, the Ted Lindsay Award will be presented less than four months after the passing of its namesake and NHLPA pioneer, Ted Lindsay.
This season's recipient will be announced Wednesday, June 19 during the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone.