CONNOR MCDAVID WINS HIS FIRST SCORING TITLE
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.