Light­ning’s Kucherov wins NHL’s MVP

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Diana C. Nearhos, Tampa Bay Times

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.

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