Awarded to player who amasses most points in the NHL
Last year’s recipient: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
Penguin likely to win it in 2015: Evgeni Malkin
Predicting the Art Ross Trophy winner is easier than predicting the other two trophies listed in this article, mainly because it is an objective award. Still, before you can predict who wins, you have to take into account all the players that could rack up the most points in the league by the end of the regular season.
Evgeni Malkin is the most likely Pen to win it, despite me saying that Crosby would in a past article. Malkin is playing with two new linemates after the departure of James Neal and Jussi Jokinen this offseason. Those three players made up one of the top lines in all of hockey last season, but now it is just a faded memory.
While Malkin’s new linemates haven’t been formally announced, whoever they are will be feeding the Russian center more than Neal and Jokinen ever did. This means more points for him in the long run. As an already two-time Art Ross Trophy winner (2008-09, 2011-12), Malkin probably won’t eclipse the numbers he posted in those years (113 and 109 respectively).
Still, Malkin will have a lot of success with this new offensive look, and we might see him in Vegas next June hoisting an important piece of hardware.