Lightning’s Kucherov wins NHL’s MVP
Nikita Kucherov is the best hockey player in the world right now.
That title has been thrown around a lot this season, but the Professional Hockey Writers Association and the National Hockey League Players Association and have voted and declared that he is. Kucherov won the Hart Trophy (league MVP voted by the writers) and the Ted Lindsay Award (MVP voted by the players) Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.
It seemed obvious Kucherov would win both awards. When your name is linked with the likes of Mario Lemieux because of the season you had, you get awards.
To recap: Kucherov had 128 points, the most since Lemieux (161) and Jaromir Jagr (149) in 1995-96. His 87 assists were the most since Joe Thornton had 96 in 2005-06 and 92 the year after that. Kucherov demolished the Lightning record for points in a season and became the highest-scoring Russian-born NHL player.