Artemi Panarin was snubbed on both the Hart and Ted Lindsay Trophies, as Leon Draisaitl was the winner of both. Draisaitl, who isn’t even the MVP on his own team, did have the sexy scoring numbers though. That’s how the award goes nowadays. The player that leads the league in scoring gets the MVP. Panarin didn’t even finish second, either.
Artemi Panarin finished 3rd in the Hart Trophy voting.
— Vince Z. Mercogliano (@vzmercogliano) September 21, 2020
Meanwhile, the Rangers wouldn’t have even sniffed the play-in round this year without Panarin, who was far and away the Rangers’ best player. The 27 year old had career bests in all major scoring categories with 32-63-95 in 69 games. He did this while playing almost exclusively with Ryan Strome and Jesper Fast. Both are noted offensive threats, of course.
Don’t get me wrong, Draisaitl’s 43-67-110 is fantastic. He’s certainly earned the Art Ross Trophy. It’s just hard to argue that Connor McDavid isn’t the most valuable player on that team. Perhaps this is biased, perhaps not. But Panarin was certainly snubbed here.