The NHLPA has announced that Artemi Panarin is a finalist for the 2019-20 Ted Lindsay Award.
The Ted Lindsay Award is given “to the most outstanding player in the NHL” and voted on by the NHLPA.
From the NHLPA on Panarin:
- Panarin played in 69 of New York’s 70 regular-season games while he helped lead the Rangers to a place in the Qualifying Round after tying for the fifth-most standings points (37) since Jan. 1. The 28-year-old forward of Russia (Korkino, Chelyabinsk Oblast) led all NHL players in even-strength points (71), tied for second in assists (63), tied for third in points (95 points) and placed third in points per game (1.38). He twice recorded point streaks of at least 12 games in 2019-20 (19 points in 12 GP, Oct. 24 Nov. 20; 19 points in 13 GP, Feb. 7 March 1). Panarin is the first Rangers player to be voted as a finalist since Henrik Lundqvist (2011-12), and he is looking to become the first Rangers recipient in 14 years (Jaromir Jagr in 2005-06).
Leon Draisaitl and Nathan MacKinnon are the other finalists.
Jaromir Jagr in 2005-06 was the last Ranger to win the Award. Mark Messier in 1991-92 and Jean Ratelle in 1971-72 also won the award.
MacKinnon said last month that he felt Panarin deserved the Hart Trophy.
From the Rangers release:
- Panarin was the only NHL player who recorded 95 or more points and a plus-35 rating or better this season.
- He was the first NHL player who registered at least 95 points and a plus-35 rating or better in the same season since 2009-10 (Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Sedin, and Nicklas Backstrom).
- Panarin was also only the fourth Ranger in franchise history who recorded 95 or more points and a plus-35 rating or better in the same season in franchise history; the only other three players who have done so with the Blueshirts were the three members of the ‘G-A-G Line’ (Vic Hadfield, Jean Ratelle, and Rod Gilbert) during the 1971-72 season.
- Panarin was one of only two NHL players who recorded at least 95 points and was assessed 20 penalty minutes of fewer in 2019-20 (Leon Draisaitl).
- In addition, he was not assessed more than two penalty minutes in any of the 69 games he played this season.
- Panarin’s 2019-20 season was the 40th individual season in NHL history (and the 19th by a player listed as either a left wing or a right wing) which a player registered 95 or more points while being assessed 20 or fewer penalty minutes.
- Prior to Panarin, the last NHL winger who recorded 95 or more points and recorded 20 or fewer penalty minutes in one season was Martin St. Louis in 2010-11, and the last left wing who did so was Paul Kariya in two consecutive seasons in 1995-96 and 1996-97 (note – Kariya won the Lady Byng Trophy in 1995-96 and 1996-97, and St. Louis won the Lady Byng Trophy in 2010-11).
- Panarin’s 71 even strength points this season were tied for the fourth-most by a Ranger in one season in franchise history (tied with Jaromir Jagr in 2005-06).
- The only Rangers who recorded more even strength points than Panarin in one season were the three members of the ‘G-A-G Line’ during the 1971-72 season (Ratelle – 82; Gilbert – 74; Hadfield – 72).
- In addition, Panarin’s 46 even strength assists this season were tied for the most by a Ranger in one season in franchise history (Mark Messier – 1991-92; Wayne Gretzky – 1996-97).
- Panarin’s 95 points this season were the 12th-most in one season by a Ranger in franchise history, and his 63 assists were tied for the 12th-most by a Ranger in one season in franchise history.
- Panarin’s 63 assists were also the most by a left wing in one season in franchise history. He was the first Ranger who registered either 63 or more assists or 95 or more points in a season since Jaromir Jagr in 2006-07 (66 assists and 96 points).
- Panarin averaged 1.38 points per game this season, which was the fourth-highest points per game average in one season (min. 40 games played) in franchise history (Jean Ratelle – 1.73 in 1971-72; Jaromir Jagr – 1.50 in 2005-06; Frank Boucher – 1.48 in 1929-30).