Wayne Gretzky to present Hart Trophy at NHL Awards

The former No. 1 pick beat out fellow finalists Sergei Bobrovsky of Columbus and Pittsburghs Sidney Crosby.

"It's insane to think about", McDavid said in April, per NHL.com's Dan Rosen. "I can't wait to play National Hockey League 18". The previous two were Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby.

Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy for Top Goaltender, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks was crowned best defenseman and Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron took out the defensive forward gong.

Calder Trophy (awarded to the top rookie): Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Zach Werenski.

Earning his first National Hockey League award was Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, who was the runaway victor of the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

Bill Masterton Trophy: Craig Anderson's win was the most touching moment of Wednesday's ceremony.

Calgary Flames left winger Johnny Gaudreau captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability".

McDavid led the NHL in points this season with 100, while Crosby was tied for second in the league with 89, the fifth-straight year he's been in the top four, and the fourth-straight year in the top three in NHL scoring. A well-deserved award for Bobrovsky who also won the award in 2012-13.

Bergeron paid tribute to Gainey after the Montreal great presented the award to him.

"To be up for this award with two unbelievable players (Crosby and Burns) makes it even that much more special", he said. Burns doesnt think offensive numbers alone determine the Norris victor. Karlsson silenced doubters this past season with his excellent play at both ends of the rink, but Burns eked out the victory with 1437 points to Karlsson's 1292. For players and teams that can't get five players and don't trust the computers, National Hockey League 18 has added a 3-on-3 EASHL mode, similar to how overtime is played in real-life. “I know that he is going to do great things here.”.

Matthews led all rookies in points and pushed the Maple Leafs to the postseason after the franchise finished last in the Atlantic Division the year before. "I think it would be a lot easier for (the media) if I came in here and said 'I hate him! Creative Attack controls let our players show off all the skill and highlight-reel moves they can imagine, while NHL THREES brings the speed and excitement of 3-on-3 hockey to the game".

"So I'm definitely a huge fan of the games and to be on the cover ... it's awesome."

Jonathan Marchessault, Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb are among the first players joining the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft. He also took home two more awards on Wednesday as the National Hockey League handed out season ending honors.

Vegas will play its first two games on the road, visiting Arizona on October 7 before the second leg of an early back-to-back for coach Gerard Gallant's club.

The game today is not as conducive to collecting the gaudy numbers that Gretzky and Lemieux posted, with the 400-goal seasons posted by Gretzky's Oilers, the 350 goals by Lemieux's Penguins, and the 278 regular season goals scored by the Stanley Cup champion Penguins this season. The Penguins visit the Chicago Blackhawks on October 5 in a matchup of the only teams to win the Cup three times in the salary-cap era.

Poile was recognized after the Predators' first Western Conference title and Stanley Cup Final appearance.

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