Toews snubbed in Hart Trophy voting
Apparently Jonathan Toews’ monster season wasn’t good enough for some media voters.
Toews was not among the three finalists announced Friday for the Hart Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL’s most valuable player.
Instead, Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby, Washington right wing Alex Ovechkin and Islanders center John Tavares got the majority of votes from members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Although he missed the final 12 games of the regular season due to a broken jaw, Crosby still finished fourth in scoring with 56 points. He was plus-26.
Ovechkin scored 32 goals in 48 games, including 23 in his final 23 contests, to become the first three-time winner of the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's goal-scoring leader. He also finished third in the league in points with 56, first in power-play goals with 16 and first in power-play points with 27.
Tavares ranked third in the NHL with 28 goals and led the Islanders with 47 points in 48 games to propel the team to its first playoff berth since 2006-07.
Toews finished with 23 goals, 48 points and was plus-28 and was thought to be a lock for the final three for the Hart.
"I'm honored that you guys would even say that," Toews told reporters after Thursday’s 5-1 win over Minnesota that eliminated the Wild. "I think there's another guy across the room there (Patrick Kane) that deserves it just as much, probably more.
“To have two guys in the talks like that it always shows you have a great supporting cast. It's an honor, but you don't get to that point unless your team has success like we did this year."
Kane led the Hawks in scoring with 55 points.