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Leon Draisaitl beats out Artemi Panarin for NHL Hart Trophy

Leon Draisaitl beats out Artemi Panarin for NHL Hart Trophy

Artemi Panarin’s first season on Broadway was a smashing success by most accounts.

He still has some individual hardware left to chase, though.

The Rangers winger was a finalist for both the Hart Trophy, as the NHL’s most valuable player, and the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the most outstanding player as voted upon by fellow players. But both went to Oilers star Leon Draisaitl, the NHL announced during its annual awards show Monday night.

Panarin placed third in the Hart voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, drawing 889 points behind Draisaitl (1,309 points) and Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (1,162 points).

Panarin earned 24 of 170 first-place votes, but the 28-year-old Russian did make the 2019-2020 NHL First All-Star Team at left wing.

After signing a seven-year, $81.5 million deal with the Rangers last year, Panarin racked up 32 goals and 63 assists for 95 points in 69 games. All of those marks were career highs, despite the season being cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Draisaitl, though, took home the top honors after tallying a blistering 43 goals and a league-leading 67 assists for 110 points in 71 games.

In other awards, Rangers defenseman Adam Fox placed fourth in the voting for the Calder Trophy, which went to Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar as the NHL’s rookie of the year. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck won the Vezina Trophy while Predators defenseman Roman Josi captured the Norris Memorial Trophy.

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Erin Clark

Erin Clark

Erin is a sports enthusiast who loves indulging in occasional football matches. She is a passionate journalist who flaunts a perfect hold over the English language. She currently caters her skills for the sports and health section of Report Door.

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