The 2017-18 National Hockey League regular season concluded Sunday with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid capturing his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin claiming his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings winning his second career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.
McDavid finished the season with a League-leading 108 points (41-67—108) in 82 games, besting Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (34-68—102 in 82 GP) and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov(39-61—100 in 80 GP) for his second straight Art Ross Trophy. McDavid collected at least one point in 58 of his 82 appearances (70.7%), pacing the NHL with 32 multi-point performances and 14 three-point efforts. He also led the League with 84 even-strength points, 18 more than the next-closest player and the most by any NHLer since 1995-96. McDavid, who topped the League with 30-70—100 in 2016-17, became the first repeat winner of the Art Ross Trophy since Jaromir Jagr won four in a row from 1997-98 through 2000-01 (w/ PIT). At 21 years, 85 days, he also became the second player in NHL history to win multiple scoring titles prior to his 22nd birthday, joining Wayne Gretzky (3x, also w/ EDM).
Ovechkin scored a League-high 49 goals in 82 games, finishing ahead of Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (44 in 82 GP) and Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (43 in 82 GP) for his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (also 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16). He became the second player in NHL history to finish atop the League’s goal-scoring race seven times, joiningBobby Hull (also 7x, all w/ CHI). At 32 years, 203 days, Ovechkin also became the oldest player to win the NHL’s goal-scoring title since Phil Esposito in 1974-75 (33 years, 45 days w/ BOS). Ovechkin recorded his 600th NHL goal March 12, requiring the fourth-fewest games to reach the milestone (990). His career average of 0.61 goals per game (607 in 1,003 GP) ranks fourth in League history (minimum 400 GP), behind only Mike Bossy (0.76), Mario Lemieux (0.75) and Pavel Bure (0.62).
Quick saw the most action on a Kings team that allowed a League-low 203 goals, eight fewer than the Nashville Predators (211) and 11 clear of the Boston Bruins (214). He earned his second career William M. Jennings Trophy as well as the second in franchise history, adding to the one he claimed with Los Angeles in 2013‑14 en route to winning the Stanley Cup. Quick appeared in 64 games, ranking in the top 10 among goaltenders in wins (9th; 33), goals-against average (10th; 2.40) and shutouts (t-4th; 5). The Milford, Conn., native finished the season seven victories shy of becoming the fifth U.S.-born goaltender to reach 300 NHL wins (293-195-56 in 556 GP).
* Information provided via NHL Press Release