It didn’t come as a massive surprise that Connor McDavid, yet again, was named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award.
McDavid has already received the award presented to the most outstanding player in the league on three occasions. This year, he’s up against San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson and Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak.
It’s voted by NHLPA, and it’s therefore viewed as the most prestigious award during NHL Awards night because it’s the players themselves making the call. The voting is anonymous, but now Connor McDavid has revealed who got his vote in this year’s voting.
There’s a lot of talk about Erik Karlsson in the NHL right now, and it’s now all but confirmed that he will get traded this off-season. The San Jose Sharks want to pull it off to be better off in their rebuild, and Erik Karlsson wants to play for a contender.
Earlier this year, there were rumors about the Oilers showing interest in Karlsson, but it never happened, and the Swede went on to have a record-breaking season with 101 points to his name.
When Swedish outlet Expressen asked McDavid if his vote for Ted Lindsay was on Erik Karlsson, he revealed what many perhaps already suspected.
”Haha, well, my vote was on my teammate Leon Draisaitl,” he said.
But McDavid still has a lot of praise for Karlsson, and when asked if he would like to have Karlsson as a teammate, he responded:
”There’s a lot of players here for the NHL Awards, that everyone would like to have as teammates.”