TAMPA — The Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov on Thursday was named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the league’s most outstanding player as voted on by the NHL Players Association.
This is different from the Hart Trophy, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association and given to “the player judged most valuable to his team.”
The other finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award are the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and the Oilers’ Connor McDavid.
McDavid won it the past two years and Kane the season before that.
Kucherov won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s scoring leader with 128 points. He had more than anyone since Mario Lemieux’s 161 in 1995-96 and set the season record for Russian players.
Kucherov led the league in multipoint games (38), points per game (1.56), assists (87) and power-play points (48). He and Kane tied for second in even-strength points (80); McDavid had 81.
Kane finished third in the league in points (110) and points per game (1.36), and fifth in goals (44).
McDavid was second in points (116). He tied Kucherov and four others for sixth in goals (41).
McDavid would be the first three-time recipient of the award.
Kucherov is a first-time finalist and would be the second Lightning player to win the award, after Marty St. Louis in 2004).