Connor McDavid wins Ted Lindsay Award as player of year


Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid won his first scoring title in 2016-17. On Wednesday night in Las Vegas, he captured his first NHL Award as well.

McDavid was named the winner of the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually “to the most outstanding player in the NHL,” as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

He’s the first Oilers player since Mark Messier in 1990 to win the award, which was previous known as the Lester B. Pearson Award.

McDavid, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks were the other finalists. Burns was the first defenseman to be a finalist in 17 years.

McDavid scored the most points (100) in the 2016-17 regular season to win his first Art Ross Trophy. He also led the NHL in assists (70), points per game (1.22), even strength assists (45) and even strength points (71). In his second NHL season, the 20-year-old McDavid joins Crosby and Mario Lemieux as only the third player in the Award’s 46 seasons to be selected by his peers as the “most outstanding player” before the age of 21.

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.


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