The NHL Players' Association revealed Tuesday the three finalists for this year's Ted Lindsay Award recognizing the league's most outstanding player as voted by fellow NHLPA members: Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn and Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin.
The 25-year-old Benn won this year's Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in points (87 in 82 games) and established career highs in points, goals (35) and assists (52) for the Stars. With 53 goals in 81 games, the 29-year-old Ovechkin won his fifth Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, became the sixth NHL player to post six career 50-goal seasons and was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy this year. The 27-year-old Price led the league in wins (44), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933), and is also a Hart Trophy finalist, as well as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender.
If he's announced as the winner during the league's awards ceremony June 24, Ovechkin would claim his fourth Lindsay Award, formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award; he won it three consecutive years (2008-2010). Benn and Price would win their first Lindsay Award. The Lindsay Award has been won by Pittsburgh Penguins stars for the past three seasons: Evgeni Malkin took home the honor in 2012, and teammate Sidney Crosby won it the following two seasons.