The award goes to the “the most outstanding player in the NHL” as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
Burns led all defencemen in goals (29) and points (76) while playing in 82 games this season. A first-time finalist, Burns is attempting to be the first defenceman to win the award since Bobby Orr in 1974-75. The Sharks blueliner led the league in shots on goal this season with 320, and finished ninth in scoring.
Crosby led the league in goals with 44 to earn his second Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. He is attempting to win the Ted Linsday Award for the fourth time in his career. Crosby captained the Penguins to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference this season.
McDavid has 100 points this season to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer in just his second year in the league. He captained the Oilers to their first playoff berth since 2006, and would be Edmonton’s third Ted Lindsay recipient (joining Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier) should he win the award.