The National Hockey League announced today that Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has been named a finalist for the Hart Trophy, which is awarded annually “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon were the other two finalists.
Panarin is the first undrafted NHL skater (forward or defenseman) to be named a finalist for the Hart Trophy since Martin St. Louis in 2010-11.
Panarin is the first Ranger who has been named a finalist for the Hart Trophy since Henrik Lundqvist in 2011-12. Four Rangers have won the Hart Trophy in franchise history (Buddy O’Connor – 1947-48; Chuck Rayner – 1949-50; Andy Bathgate – 1958-59; Mark Messier – 1991-92).
Panarin led the NHL in even strength points (71), even strength assists (46), 5-on-5 points (59), and 5-on-5 assists (38), ranked second (and led NHL forwards) in plus/minus rating (+36), tied for second in assists (63), and tied for third in points (95) this season.
Panarin posted a plus-40 on-ice even strength goal differential in 2019-20, leading the NHL. His plus-40 on-ice even strength goal differential was also tied for the sixth-best an NHL player has recorded since the league began to track the statistic in 2009-10.
In 2019-20, Panarin became the fourth player in franchise history to record 95 or more points and a plus-35 rating or better in the same season; the only other three players who have done so were the three members of the ‘G-A-G Line’ (Hadfield, Ratelle, and Gilbert) in 1971-72.
Panarin is one of two NHL players who have tallied 70 or more points in each of the last five seasons (Patrick Kane). He is one of three undrafted players in NHL history who have tallied 70 or more points in each of his first five seasons (Wayne Gretzky and Peter Stastny).
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