Connor McDavid Wins 2017 Hart Trophy for NHL MVP

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2017

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, right, reacts after scoring against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid won the 2017 Hart Trophy, awarded to the league's most valuable player, at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

McDavid, 20, beat out Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for the honor: 

According to Sportsnet Stats, McDavid is the fourth-youngest player in league history to capture the Hart Trophy. 

Also the 2016-17 Art Ross Trophy winner, McDavid led the NHL with 100 points as he racked up 30 goals and a league-high 70 assists. To put that cumulative total in perspective, Crosby and Patrick Kane tied for second, with 89 points apiece. 

Thanks to his ability to stuff the stat sheet at a rapid rate, McDavid became the third-youngest player in league history, behind Crosby and Wayne Gretzky, to win the Art Ross. 

According to NHL.com, McDavid also led the league with 30 multipoint games and 11 games with at least three points. 

Thanks to McDavid's point-scoring prowess, the Oilers finished 47-26-9 and made their first postseason appearance since 2006 as the franchise got a glimpse at what its future could look like. 

"It's crazy to think about," McDavid said in April, per NHL.com's Dan Rosen. "I look at this time last year, and it was a real dark period. We were out of it, the fans were hard on us and not a lot of good things were going on. But we're definitely happy to be in this position this year."

Now in possession of the league's most coveted individual hardware, McDavid will attempt to build on his sensational 2016-17 campaign and propel the Oilers back on to the Stanley Cup stage next season.