Leon Draisaitl had a great season and, not surprisingly, he was rewarded – or, to put it differently, he was awarded. The awards started early and just seemed to keep coming. Rightfully, in 71 games played during the NHL’s regular season, he scored 43 goals, 67 assists, and totaled 110 points. No other NHL player scored 100 points during the 2019-20 season.
When you’re among the elite of the NHL, as Draisaitl is, even getting nominated for awards is a huge accolade. And, for as many awards as he won, Draisaitl was nominated for even more.
Here’s a list of the awards he either won or was nominated for.
Award #1: The Art Ross Trophy
There was no surprise for the Art Ross Trophy Winner. The trophy is awarded to the player who leads the NHL in points at the end of the regular season; and, when the NHL officially announced that the 2019-2020 regular season had concluded as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Draisaitl was the obvious winner. His Oilers’ teammate Connor McDavid finished second in NHL scoring points with 97 points.
Award #2: The King Clancy Trophy
The King Clancy Trophy is awarded annually to “the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.”
Draisaitl was one of 31 NHL players nominated for the King Clancy Trophy. Each team nominated a player. In early September, Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba was named the winner of the 2020 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. Dumba’s important contribution was to be a key leader working to make the NHL more inclusive. Given the continuing social unrest prevalent in North America and calls for racial justice, Dumba was the co-founded of the Hockey Diversity Alliance. The goal of this organization is to eradicate systemic racism and intolerance in hockey.
Award #3 & #4: The Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award
Draisaitl, the Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon, and the New York Rangers Artemi Panarin were picked to be the Hart Trophy’s three finalists. The same three players were also nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award. The difference in these awards is that the NHL players vote for the Ted Lindsay Award, but the Hart Award winner is chosen by the writers. Both awards go to the player who is judged to be the MVP (most valuable player) in the NHL.
All three players were deserving candidates. As noted, Draisaitl ended the season with 110 points: MacKinnon scored 35 goals and 93 points and Panarin scored 32 goals and 95 points.
In the end, Draisaitl was named the winner of the 2020 Hart Trophy as chosen by NHL writers. He was also chosen to be the winner of the 2020 Ted Lindsay Award.
Draisaitl was the 17th different player in history to win both the Hart and the Pearson/Lindsay Award during the same season. In addition to leading the NHL in points during the 2019-20 regular season, the Oilers’ center also (not surprisingly) was first in points per game (1.55), assists, and power-play points (44). As well, he was the NHL forward who averaged the most TOI per game (averaging 22:37 minutes).
Award #5: First-Team NHL All-Star Squad
The same day he was awarded the Lindsay and the Hart trophies, Draisaitl was named to the NHL’s first-team All-Star squad. It was a big day for him.
In addition to Draisaitl at the center on this year’s first-team NHL all-stars were Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi, Rangers forward Artemi Panarin at left-wing, and Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak at right-wing.
All six members of these First-Team NHL All-Stars made their career debut on the All-Star teams. It was the first time that had happened since NHL postseason All-Star Team selections started in 1930-31 – almost 90 years ago.
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