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Draisaitl, MacKinnon, Panarin named finalists for Ted Lindsay Award

July 14 2020 7:40 PM

Nathan MacKinnon, Leon Draisaitl and Artemi Panarin have been named as finalists for the 2019-20 Ted Lindsay Award, given to the NHL's most outstanding player.

MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche is a finalist for the second time, while the Edmonton Oilers' Draisaitl and New York Rangers' Panarin are first-time finalists for an award voted for by players.

The winner will be announced during the conference finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which are tentatively scheduled for September 8.

The award is separate from the Hart Memorial Trophy, an MVP award voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

The two awards have had different winners in four of the previous 10 seasons, most recently in 2017-18 when Taylor Hall won the Hart Trophy and Connor McDavid won the Ted Lindsay Award.

Draisaitl has already secured the Art Ross Trophy as the league's points leader with 110 this season, tallying 43 goals and 67 assists. He and McDavid are the league's most potent scoring duo and have largely been responsible for Edmonton's 37-25-9 record, fifth in the Western Conference.

MacKinnon has helped lead the Avalanche to the second-best record in the West this season. The former first overall draft pick has 35 goals and 58 assists this season and has outscored every other forward on his team by at least 48 points.

Panarin set career highs this season with 32 goals and 63 assists, and he led the NHL with 71 even-strength points. Panarin leads all NHL forwards in plus-minus this season at plus-36 while playing for a Rangers team that has a plus-13 goal differential.

Draisaitl, MacKinnon and Panarin will all be a part of the league's 24-team expanded playoffs that is expected to begin on August 1.

The top four teams in each conference – including MacKinnon's Avalanche – are guaranteed a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs and will play a round-robin to determine seeding. Colorado will face the St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars once each for a chance at the West's seed.

Teams currently fifth to 12th in each conference – including Draisaitl's Oilers and Panarin's Rangers – will play a best-of-five qualifying series for a spot in the 16-team Stanley Cup playoff bracket. The Oilers will face the 12th-seeded Chicago Blackhawks while the Rangers will play the sixth-seeded Carolina Hurricanes.

Eastern Conference games are scheduled to take place in Toronto, while Edmonton will host the Western Conference matchups. 

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