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McDavid, Pastrnak, Tkachuk named Hart Trophy nominees

NEW YORK — Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak and Florida Panthers winger Matthew Tkachuk have been named finalists for the Hart Trophy, given out annually to the NHL’s most valuable player. 

McDavid led the league with 64 goals and 153 points this season, becoming the sixth player in NHL history to break the 150-point plateau in a single campaign.

The 26-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., is looking for his third Hart Trophy.  

Pastrnak placed second in the league with 61 goals and third with 113 points for the Bruins, who posted the NHL’s best record this season.

Tkachuk had 40 goals and 109 points, and established himself as a top two-way forward in his first season with the Panthers.

Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs won the award last season.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2023.

The Canadian Press