Who will win the Hart Trophy in 2019?
By: The NHL Nosebleed Team
Peter Bolt - Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)
Coming off a 108-point season at the age of 21 I think it’s safe to say Connor McDavid is the best player in the league. Last season McDavid lead the league in points, was tied for 2nd in assists, and finished 6th in goals scored. He had a plus-20 goal differential on a team that had a minus-29 goal differential. The way McDavid skates is a thing of beauty in itself. He rarely loses a race to the puck and always plays with a chip on his shoulder. He can score from anywhere and makes every player around him better. He is the heart and soul of the Edmonton Oilers. How this guy is so dominate at the age of 21 is beyond me.
Chris Yackel- Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)
Connor McDavid is the best hockey player in the world. He’s so good that I don’t think he will let a sub-par Oilers team miss the playoffs again. He would have easily been the MVP if his squad indeed made it to the playoffs as 108 points at 21 is just unreal. McDavid is only getting better too which is a scary thought. If he can become lethal on the powerplay and shoot the puck more than he will score not only more goals, but have more points. I think McDavid having 120 points plus this year is not out of the question. That sort of point total and McDavid leading his team back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs will definitely result in McDavid capturing his second Hart Trophy in 3 seasons.
Colin Noonan - Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)
He was *this* close to winning it last year. And if the Devils weren’t so bad outside of Taylor Hall, he probably would have. I think we're seeing Nathan MacKinnon really announce himself as one of the games bona fide superstars that we thought we were seeing his rookie year. I think he’ll continue to improve as the Avs will continue to improve. That means he’ll outdo his 39 goal 58 assist 97-point performance from a year ago en route to a Hart Trophy win.
Kevin Ebert - Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Since entering the league in 13-14, Kucherov has improved his points per game with each passing year. From 18 points in 52 games in his first year to an amazing 100 points in 80 games this past year. Certainly playing beside Steven Stamkos helps quite a bit, but I don’t think anyone expected this from him. I believe Kucherov will continue to prove his dominance and break 100 points once again, making him a strong contender for the Hart Trophy.
Jack Fenty- Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets)
If you have read any of our recent blogs, you would know I am very high on the Winnipeg Jets this upcoming season. I picked Connor Hellebuyck to win the Vezina, picked Wheeler as the most underrated player in the West, and will most likely pick this team to make the Western Conference finals. So, am I a Jet lover? Yes, but I’m not bias I’m a freakin Isles fan. Scheifele, only 25-years-old, is coming off his third straight solid year; in the 2015-16 season he played 71 games and had 61 points, in the 2016-17 season he played 79 games and had 82 games, and lastly last season he played 60 games and had 60 points. From looking at these numbers Scheifele is averaging around a point per game in the last three seasons, which ain’t too shabby at this high of a level. While those numbers are great I believe Scheifele has major room for a point increase coming. First, we must look at if Scheifele played the full 82 game season last year, looking at past trends that I stated above, he would finish with around 80-85 points. Now, the league leader in points last year was McDavid and he put up 109, so it would take more than a point per game average to even come close to that. MVP though is not only about the points, Scheifele is a difference maker every single time he hits the ice. Look at the end of the day the easy pick is McDavid, but I would say this is more of a dark-horse pick.
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