The Hockey News - - The First Word -

With his first of two points against the San Jose Sharks March 30, Con­nor McDavid sewed up his first NHL scor­ing ti­tle. The Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers cap­tain tacked on 10 more as the reg­u­lar sea­son wound down, reach­ing an even 100 to take the Art Ross Tro­phy over Pitts­burgh’s Sid­ney Crosby, who fin­ished sec­ond with 89 points. This was a huge sea­son for McDavid, who was com­ing off a great rookie year di­min­ished by the frac­tured clav­i­cle that cost him 37 games and the Calder Tro­phy.

Most im­por­tantly, this cam­paign ended with pur­pose, as the Oil­ers made the play­offs for the first time in more than a decade. McDavid led the charge, but run­ning mate Leon Drai­saitl also took a huge step for­ward, while Cam Tal­bot was among the best goal­tenders in the league. Pa­trick Ma­roon nearly be­came a 30-goal scorer while play­ing on McDavid’s flank, oblit­er­at­ing his ca­reer-high of 12 tal­lies. The fact Ed­mon­ton knocked off San Jose in the first round was ic­ing on the cake, but make no mis­take: with McDavid on the as­cent, the Oil­ers will be a fa­vorite in the West next sea­son and beyond, and No. 97 will con­tinue to ac­cu­mu­late in­di­vid­ual hard­ware.

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