Edmonton Oilers Forward Leon Draisaitl Named NHL’s Most Valuable Player

Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) in July. Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock (10710533a)

Edmonton Oilers Forward Leon Draisaitl has made history as the first-ever German-born player to win the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL’s most valuable player.

Draisaitl also took home the Ted Lindsay Award, which is given to the most outstanding player in the league, based on the votes of other players, making it hard to argue with the statement that Draisaitl is one of the best players in the NHL right now.

Draisaitl led the league in scoring this year with 110 points in 71 games, scoring 43 goals and adding 67 assists, which were both career highs despite the fact that the regular season was cut short as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

He becomes the only German player to be named league MVP in one of the four North American professional sports leagues next to retired NBA star Dirk Nowitzki, who was named NBA league MVP in 2006-2007.

Draisaitl is the second Oilers player to win the MVP award in the past four years. Connor McDavid, who most of the hockey world considers the best player in the world right now, won the award in 2017.