We knew the Bruins weren’t going to have any players taking home any of the major NHL hardware this season, but it’s still interesting to see how their top guys finished.
The ones to keep an eye on were Brad Marchand, who many felt deserved legitimate consideration for a finalist spot in the
Connor McDavid Hart Trophy race, and Charlie McAvoy, who was somehow not named a finalist for the Norris Trophy.
In the end, both guys finished in the same spot: fifth place.
McAvoy received two first place votes, but finished behind Dougie Hamilton (4th, deserved), Victor Hedman (3rd, overrated), Cale Makar (2nd, deserved), and winner Adam Fox (1st, deserved).
Do you think Fox’s win was sealed during that Bruins-Rangers game on national TV where Pierre McGuire just said “Adam Fox” over and over again for three hours?
Probably didn’t hurt.
For Marchand, we all knew who was taking home the award, as McDavid was a unanimous winner, receiving all 100 first-place votes.
Marchand finished behind Sidney Crosby (4th), Nathan MacKinnon (3rd), Auston Matthews (2nd), and Mr. Hart McDavid.
David Pastrnak technically finished tied for 19th too, receiving one fifth-place vote.
Better than nothing!
The only one you can really complain about here is McAvoy, as by most meaningful metrics, he should have been above Hedman.
Still, Hamilton had a strong season as well, so it might have been hard for McAvoy to break into that top-three (even though around these parts, we think it’s deserved).
Here’s to all of these guys moving onward and upward next season!