2023-24 NHL Hart Trophy Finalists: Nikita Kucherov, Nathan MacKinnon, Connor McDavid

Nikita Kucherov, Nathan MacKinnon, and Connor McDavid have been named finalists for the 2023-24 Hart Trophy, recognizing the NHL’s most valuable player to their team, with each player having a standout season in terms of points, goals, and assists.

Big news from the NHL. They’ve just dropped the names for the 2023-24 Hart Trophy finalists. We’re talking about Nikita Kucherov from Tampa Bay Lightning, Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, and Connor McDavid from the Edmonton Oilers. This trophy? It’s a big deal, honoring the MVP for their team.

Kucherov? Oh, he’s been on fire. Leading the NHL with a whopping 144 points in 81 games. That’s a new record for the Lightning. And get this, it’s the second-highest points scored by a player in nearly three decades. His stats are off the charts, with the most power-play assists and points, plus topping the chart in three-point games. Hitting 100 assists in one season? He’s only the sixth in NHL history to do that.

If Kucherov snags the award, he’ll join the elite club of players with multiple Hart Trophies. We’re talking about legends like McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, and Sidney Crosby.

Now, onto MacKinnon. He’s right behind Kucherov with 140 points. That’s 51 goals and 89 assists over 82 games. For the Avalanche, that’s historic. Only the fifth time in 30 years someone’s hit that mark. MacKinnon’s also eyeing to be the third Avalanche player to win the Hart, standing alongside Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic.

McDavid isn’t far behind, with 132 points from 76 games. That’s his sixth time as a finalist, aiming for his fourth win. Only legends like Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, and Eddie Shore have won it four times or more.

So, who’s it gonna be? Each has a strong case, making this one of the most anticipated announcements in the NHL.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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