Artemi Panarin a finalist for the Hart Trophy

As expected (and there would have been riots if it didn’t happen), Artemi Panarin is a finalist for the Hart Trophy for league MVP.

Panarin is more or less the sole reason why the Rangers are even in the play-in round this year. Yes, there were contributors elsewhere, but without Panarin, the Rangers would have been much closer to the bottom of the division.

Panarin put up an amazing 32-63-95 while playing primarily with Ryan Strome and Jesper Fast. Other finalists Nathan MacKinnon (35-58-93) and Leon Draisaitl (43-67-110) played primarily with Gabriel Landeskog/Mikko Rantanen and Connor McDavid, respectively. It’s safe to say Panarin did more with a lot less than both.

Panarin is also a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award for –more or less– MVP as voted on by the players. As were the other two guys. Yes I’m biased, but Artemi Panarin deserves the Hart Trophy more than the other two.

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  • No question he should be considered ! I truly didn’t think he was as great as he is because I didn’t watch him every night. But man is he great . He is actually underpaid at almost 12 million a year. Kudos to JD and JG for getting him “cheap”. 😂

  • I’d vote Artemi too but it’s hard to ignore that MacKinnon scored 43 points more than his next closest teammate

  • Full disclosure, I was adamantly against signing Panarin, thought the cost was way too high. I was wrong, very very wrong. This guy is the real deal. Sorry Artemi, I loved you now!

  • Taking nothing from the other finalists but The Breadman is by far the MVP of the NHL this season. If he isn’t awarded with the title, it would be considered a fraud on all the fans of the NHL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Three terrific players are being considered. I am pulling for Artemi, but Leon Draisaitl and Nathan MacKinnon are phenomenal too. We fans are lucky, we get to watch such great players play the game.

    I was among those who thought Panarin was too expensive. After watching him play for the Rangers there is no doubt that he is worth and earns every penny. They were wise to get him.

  • Dave

    Any news about Morgan Barron signing his ELC with the team. There were discussions about two weeks ago, after the Ivy League said that there would be no sports this fall, and people were thinking he would sign then????????????????????????????

    At 6’4″, and some 220 lbs, a kid with skill, he would be a great addition to the Ranger’s organization!!!!!!!!!!!

  • From the NY Post:

    “…Panarin, who has a chance to make it five, spent part of Monday’s off-day with former Ranger Alex Kovalev. No. 27, a pilot, took Panarin for a spin in his plane.

    “[Alex] is definitely a great pilot, but I brought a parachute just in case,” Panarin said. “Thank God I didn’t need it.”

    Alexi, no dipsy doodles! Head straight down the runway! Alexi! Alexi!!

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