7/21/20 | 1:03PM: The NHL has announced that Artemi Panarin is a finalist for the Hart Trophy.
The Hart Trophy is awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
Panarin is the Rangers first Hart Trophy nominee since Henrik Lundqvist in 2011-12. Marc Messier, in 1991-92, was the last Ranger to win the Hart Trophy.
Jaromir Jagr, in 2005-06, was the last Rangers skater to be nominated for the Hart Trophy.
From the NHL’s release:
- Panarin – who finished 20 points ahead of his next-closest teammate (Mika Zibanejad: 75) – found the scoresheet in 54 of his 69 appearances (78.3%), during which New York posted a 34-16-4 record (3-12-1 when he failed to register a point/DNP). He topped the League in even-strength assists (46) and even-strength points (71) while placing second in both assists (t-63) and plus/minus (+36). Panarin also played a career-high 20:36 per game, including 3:44 on the power play, while logging a career-low 20 penalty minutes.
Panarin was named last week as a finalist for the Ted Lindsay award, which is voted upon by the NHLPA.
From the Rangers “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). O’Connor and Messier each won the award in their first season with the Rangers.”
Leon Draisaitl and Nathan MacKinnon are the other finalists.
MacKinnon said last month that he felt Panarin deserved the Hart Trophy.
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