They wowed us with their talent, inspired with their stories and defined the season with their play. These are our picks for the NHL’s best and brightest of 2018-19:
MARIO LEMIEUX AWARD
Winner: Connor McDavid, Edmonton
The team around him crumbled enough to require a mid-season GM change, yet McDavid still achieved career highs in assists (75) and points (116). He couldn’t catch Nikita Kucherov in the scoring race, but imagine what McDavid could do with a supporting cast to rival Kucherov’s. New Oilers GM Ken Holland’s mission is to provide that.
2. Nikita Kucherov, TB
3. Sidney Crosby, PIT
4. Patrick Kane, CHI
5. Nathan MacKinnon, COL
WAYNE GRETZKY AWARD
Most Valuable Player
Winner: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
Crosby’s most common linemates: Jake...
About the Author
Matt Larkin is a senior writer at The Hockey News and has been part of the team since 2011. He's your one-stop shop for deep-dive player interviews, predictions, statistics, fantasy player rankings, player safety and hair tips. Catch him weekly as host of The Hockey News Live and The Hockey News Podcast.