Matthews or McDavid for MVP?

The NHL Awards Show is back this season, the first time in three years that the show will be live.

Taking place in Tampa between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Keenan Thompson returns as host, with five awards up for grabs.

Here’s what you need to know about the event:


This year’s show will be hosted in Tampa at Armature Works and will begin Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW.


It’s not a full lineup of rewards this season, with some having already been decided. On Tuesday, we will discover the winners of the Hart Trophy, the Norris Trophy, the Calder Trophy, the Vézina Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award.

While the Hart, Norris, and Calder trophies are decided by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, the Vezina is voted on by the NHL’s 32 general managers, and the Ted Lindsay by player vote. It’s important to remember that all votes were cast before the start of the playoffs.

The three finalists for the Jim Gregory Award as the NHL’s top general manager will also be revealed on Tuesday, with the winner announced midway through the first round of the NHL Draft on July 7.

The following winners were announced earlier in the playoffs:

Lady Byng Award: Kyle Connor

King Clancy Trophy: PK Subban

Bill Masterton Trophy: Carey Price

Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron

Jack Adams Award: Darryl Sutter


NHL superstars and celebrities are expected to attend, and there will also be special guests to present the awards, including Seattle Kraken fan Nadia Popovici, who discovered a cancerous mole on her neck behind glass Vancouver Canucks assistant equipment manager Red. Hamilton; and Chris Snow, Calgary Flames assistant general manager and ALS survivor.

“To be able to highlight some of the most moving stories and inspiring personalities of the past year in hockey on this year’s show is awesome,” said Steve Mayer, Chief Content Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of the NHL. “With all eyes on the best players in the game, we also hope to recognize these great individuals whose presence in Tampa is sure to be an emotional highlight of the evening.”

Five prizes will be awarded on Tuesday. Here’s a reminder of the finalists, the case for each, and a prediction on a winner.


Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

The case for: The NHL’s leading 60-goal player since 2011-12, Matthews has averaged 0.82 goals per game in 73 appearances this season, the highest rate in the Cape Town era and the best of any player since Mario. Lemieux in 1995-96 (69 goals in 70 games).

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

The case for: Art Ross winner McDavid finished with 123 points, tied for third in Cape Town era history. McDavid won that award with an outstanding average of 1.88 points per game last season, and while this year’s 1.54 isn’t quite as jaw-dropping, it’s also still among the best of the past 16 years. Truly “most valuable to his team,” when McDavid was on the ice this season, Edmonton outscored opponents 151-71; when he was out, the Oilers were outscored 180-134.

Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers

The case for: Prior to the playoff heroics, Shesterkin led all regular-season goaltenders in save percentage (.935), GAA (2.07) and above-average goals saved (44.85). The Rangers as a team were 20th in expected goal differential and 15th in expected goal differential, and yet eighth in actual goal differential thanks in large part to Shesterkin’s play.

Prediction: Auston Matthews

In a season of offensive explosions in the league, Matthews’ scoring strength is hard not to reward. Of course, so is McDavid’s performance. It’s perhaps the most interesting vote of the night and it’s sure to spark debate, regardless of the outcome.


Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

The case for: Third in scoring in that position with a career-best 20 goals and 85 points, the 2018 Norris winner averaged over 25 minutes per game and was a rock for back-to-back champions again. With Hedman on the ice, Tampa has scored over 61% of all goals.

Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

The case for: Leading scorer among all defensemen with 96 points – a top-10 single-season total at that position in the last 40 years, and the most since Phil Housley recorded 97 points in 1992-93. Even more impressive: Josi’s 59 even-strength points are the most of any defenseman since Paul Coffey had 90 in 1985-86. Josi was the 11th-highest total season even-strength scorer by any defenseman in NHL history.

Cala Makar, Colorado avalanche

The case for: Although Makar finished 10 points behind Josi in the scoring race, he led the way with 28 goals – the third most in the cap era. Makar’s 1.12 ppg is also the No. 2 challenger to Josi’s 1.20 in the cap era. Makar has averaged the most minutes (25:40) and had the best overall goal percentage (68.49) of all finalists.

Prediction: Roman Josi

The recency bias is going to make it look like Josi might be rewarded over Makar here, but his regular season was really special. It could be a close vote, and Josi could be helped somewhat by the fact that his performance came on a bubble team.


Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames

The case for: NHL shutout leader (9) Markstrom was third by GAA (2.22) and goals saved above average (26.12), and he took on a heavy load for the Flames with 63 performances en route to a division title.

Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators

The case for: No goalkeeper has had heavier lift than Saros this season. He played in more games (67) than any goaltender and was second in shots faced (2,107) and saves (1,934).

Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers

The case for: For all the same reasons, Shesterkin is a Hart Trophy finalist, he stands out in his position here. Shesterkin’s performance in 2021-22 is the closest challenger to the cap era of Tim Thomas’ exceptional 2010-11 season in which he won the Vezina with 17 of the 30 general manager votes. NHL.

Prediction: Igor Shesterkin

It should be a runaway for the Rangers keeper, who is now ready to challenge and push Andrei Vasilevskiy for the title of best goalkeeper in the world.


Michael Bunting, Toronto Maple Leafs

The case for: The rookie leading scorer with 63 points in 79 games, Bunting was also second in goals (23) and led both categories evenly.

Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings

The case for: Averaging more ice time (23:02) than any other rookie, Seider was a positive presence at both ends and became the fifth rookie defenseman in the Cape era to finish with 50 points, joining Cale Makar and Quinn. Hughes.

Trevor Zegras, Anaheim Ducks

The case for: The face of offensive creativity this season, Zegras was more than a fantasy showcasing machine, finishing with 23 goals and 61 points, and second to Matt Boldy (47 games played) with 0.81 points per game.

Prediction: Moritz Seider

He arrived in the NHL with a polished blue liner, with positive shooting stats on one of the NHL’s worst teams and elite offensive production for his age. It’s the stepping stone to what should be a solid, long-lasting NHL career, one that should really take off once the Wings turn the corner.


Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

The case for: Elite offensive production and consistent deployment against high-level competition.

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

The case for: A unique talent who plays matches at will, averages more than 22 minutes per match and has won the title of best player in the world.

Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

The case for: One of the best natural scorers in the game, Matthews has improved defensively and added a physical element to his game this season.

Prediction: Connor McDavid

In this season’s player poll, NHL players voted McDavid as the player they would most want on their team if you needed to win a game, and finished second (after Brad Marchand) to vote for. the player you least like to play against. Reputation could factor into a player’s vote, so these results seem to bode well for McDavid here.

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