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RELEASE: McDavid named Hart Trophy finalist

The Oilers captain tied a personal best in goals (41) and set new career highs in assists (75) and points (116) this season

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NEW YORK (April 28, 2019) - Oilers captain Connor McDavid was nominated alongside Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby and Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov on Sunday for the 2018-19 Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player voted to be most valuable to his team.

Tweet from @NHLdotcom: Sidney Crosby of the Penguins, Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning and Connor McDavid of the Oilers were named finalists for the Hart Trophy. The award is given annually to the NHL player voted to be most valuable to his team

McDavid tied a personal NHL-best this season with 41 goals, and had NHL career-highs of 75 assists and 116 points this season. He ranked second in the League in points, 12 behind fellow Hart nominee Kucherov.

The Oilers centre never went consecutive games without at least one point this season, and was held without a point only 12 times. The 22-year-old finished in a three-way tie with Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins for game-winning goals with nine.

McDavid also improved this campaign with personal highs in power-play goals (nine), power-play points (33), overtime goals (three), shooting percentage (17.1 percent) and face-off winning percentage (46.6 percent).

McDavid, drafted first overall by the Oilers in the 2015 NHL Draft, was the Hart Trophy award winner back in 2017.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone at the Mandalay Bay Events Center sports and entertainment complex in Las Vegas on June 19.

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