Forwards Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, along with goaltender Igor Shesterkin, will battle for the Hart Trophy this year, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced Thursday.
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Winner of the trophy last season, McDavid will also be looking for his third career Hart. The Edmonton Oilers captain made sure to get his hands on the Art-Ross by leading the league with 123 points. His performances helped his team finish second in the Pacific Division.
For his part, Matthews hit the target 60 times, becoming the first hockey player to hit that number in the NHL since Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011-12. The Toronto Maple Leafs finished the campaign with 106 points, while his team took second place in the Atlantic.
Finally, Shesterkin is one of the finalists for the Vézina Trophy, rewarding the best goaltender in the NHL. He went 36-13-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .935 save percentage to lead the New York Rangers to second place in the Metropolitan.
The winner of the trophy will be known later during these series.