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Leon Draisaitl Among Finalists for Ted Lindsay Award

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The NHL’s leading scorer will look to add another trophy to his collection after already picking up the Art Ross and still being in the mix for the Hart.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

As per the Edmonton Oilers Twitter account:

Leon Draisaitl had a monster season for the Oilers, pacing the NHL in points (43-67-110 in 71 games) and points per game (1.55) en route to his first Art Ross Trophy.

The knock against Draisaitl has typically been some flavor of ‘he can’t play without Connor McDavid’. But this season, Draisaitl put that to rest for probably good. He had the spotlight fully on him when McDavid missed a few games in February when the team was in a tenuous position in the standings, and he delivered.

In those six games without McDavid, Draisaitl went off for 4-8-12, and helped the team collect 7 from 12 possible points and stay afloat in a very tight Western Conference playoff race.

Today, his work has been recognized by his peers, as he sits among the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, alongside Avalanche C Nathan MacKinnon and Rangers C Artemi Panarin. Whether he wins the award or not, Leon Draisaitl had a wonderful 2019-20 season and his being a Ted Lindsay finalist is a(nother) testament to that.

Congratulations, Herr Big Nuts.