Midseason NHL awards and trade buzz

Who is more likely to take home the Hart Trophy this season: Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid? AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

When Connor McDavid waited until the absolute perfect moment to slide a pass over to Leon Draisaitl for the game-winner in Thursday’s overtime win over the Devils, it gave him his 50th point of the season just 44 games into it.

He’s already exceeded his rookie point total and will eclipse the 100-point mark in his career sometime in the next game or two.

It also highlighted just how valuable he is to the Oilers and why he’d by at the top of my Hart Trophy ballot if we were voting today. The halfway point is always a fun time to get an early look at what our ballot might look like, so let’s start there, with the Hart, and work our way through the major awards we vote on.

Hart Trophy

Preseason pick: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins