NHL awards preview for 2020-21 NHL season

Posted 18 hours ago | By Adam Gretz

With the 2020-21 NHL season getting underway it is time to preview some of the top contenders for some of the league’s major awards, including the MVP, Vezina, Norris, and Jack Adams.1 of 25

Hart Trophy (MVP): Nathan MacKinnonColorado Avalanche

Hart Trophy (MVP): Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
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He has been close, finishing as the runner-up on two different occasions and sixth one other time, but has yet to actually win the MVP award. Could this be the year it happens? The Avalanche are going to be contenders and MacKinnon is a leading candidate to finish as the top scorer in the league, something that always puts a player at the top of the MVP discussion. 

Hart Trophy (MVP) Connor McDavidEdmonton Oilers

Hart Trophy (MVP) Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
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As long as he stays healthy McDavid is going to be a contender for the scoring title and the MVP. He has finished in the top-five of the MVP race in each of the past four years and in the top-two of the scoring race in each of those years. He already has one MVP award and is looking to join an exclusive club of players to win it again. Only 18 players have won it more than one time, and only two active players (Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin). The Oilers could be good enough to put him back in that discussion. 

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