Alex Ovechkin Named Ted Lindsay Award Finalist

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL has announced that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been named one of the three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. The other two finalists are goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and forward Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. More from the press release: 

Alex Ovechkin is vying to become the third player in NHL history to win four “Most Outstanding Player” awards, joining Wayne Gretzky (5) and Mario Lemieux (4). He previously received the players’ Award in three consecutive seasons (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) and was a finalist in both 2005-06 and 2012-13. Ovechkin is one of three players to win the NHLPA’s honor three straight years, joining Wayne Gretzky (1982-85) and Guy Lafleur (1976-78). He has also been nominated as one of three finalists for the 2014-15 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team” by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

Ovechkin scored 53 goals this season to capture his third consecutive and fifth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s leading goal-scorer. This season marked the sixth time in Ovechkin’s 10 NHL seasons he has reached the 50-goal plateau (2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2013-14, 2014-15). The Moscow native joins Mike Bossy (9), Wayne Gretzky (9), Marcel Dionne (6), Guy Lafleur (6) and Mario Lemieux (6) as the only players in NHL history to record six 50-goal seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other NHL players with more than one 50-goal season since Ovechkin entered the League in 2005-06 are Dany Heatley (2), Ilya Kovalchuk (2) and Steven Stamkos (2).

Ovechkin also led the NHL in power-play goals (25), game-winning goals (11) and shots (395) this season. His 25 power-play goals set a career high and franchise record and marked the most by any player in the NHL since Teemu Selanne scored 25 in 2006-07. This season marked the third consecutive season and fourth time in his career Ovechkin has led the NHL in power-play goals (2007-08, 2012-15). The 6’3”, 235-pound left wing scored his 20th power play goal of the season on March 7 against Buffalo, marking the fourth time in his career he has scored 20 or more power play goals in a season. The only other players in NHL history with at least four 20-PPG seasons are Brett Hull (5), Mike Bossy (4), Phil Esposito (4), Tim Kerr (4) and Luc Robitaille (4).

Alex Ovechkin is a very deserving candidate. I think the award will be given to either Price or Alex Ovechkin. Benn had a fantastic season, but he’s not at the same level as Ovechkin and Price are. They led their teams to the playoffs and while Benn had an incredible finish to the season, Ovechkin and Price were more consistent. I think Price winds up winning it because he had such a historic season.