New York Rangers’ Artemi Panarin is in the MVP conversation and received a nod from fellow candidate Nathan Mackinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.
With the regular season officially concluded, the talk has now shifted to the NHL regular season awards. One of the top conversations has been who will take the hardware home as the league’s Most Valuable Player.
The Hart Memorial Trophy, originally known as the Hart Trophy, is awarded annually to the “player judged most valuable to his team” in the National Hockey League. The original trophy was donated to the league in 1923 by David Hart, the father of Cecil Hart, the longtime head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
Mackinnon was a guest on TSN’s 1050’s Overdrive recently and believes the honor should go to the New York Rangers superstar. The Colorado forward had an outstanding season posted 93 points, 43 more than the next player on his team.
Meanwhile, in New York, Panarin recorded 95 points trailing only Leon Draisaitl (110), and Connor McDavid (97). The Breadman led the league with 59 points at five-on-five as he took the Blueshirts to their first playoff appearance since 2017 in his first season with the Rangers. The Russian led the team in assist (63) and was second in goals scored (32) behind Mika Zibanejad (41).
The 28-year-old Panarin signed a seven-year, $81.5-million contract as a free agent last summer after spending the previous two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He and his Rangers teammates will face the Carolina Hurricanes in the Qualifying Round of the 24 team playoffs when the NHL resumes play sometime in late July.
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