Auston Matthews was named the Hart Trophy winner on Tuesday at the 2022 NHL Awards as the league’s most valuable player, beating out 2021 winner Connor McDavid and Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin. Matthews led the NHL with 60 goals and also added 46 assists as Toronto reached the postseason before falling to the Lightning. His goal total is the highest in the NHL since 2012 and the most ever in the 105-year history of the Maple Leafs.
Matthews, who also earned the Ted Lindsey Award, isn’t merely a brilliant offensive player. His elite defensive skills were shown all season as he’s one of the NHL’s top off-puck players and finished with 92 takeaways this season.
The 24-year-old won the Hart in a landslide with 119 first-place votes and 1,630 total points. McDavid came in second with 1,111 total points.
Earlier in the night Cale Makar claimed the Norris Trophy as the best defensemen in hockey. The Avalanche star totaled 28 goals and 58 assists this season while helping Colorado reach the Stanley Cup Final. The 23-year-old beat out Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman and Nashville‘s Roman Josi for the honor.
Makar ranked fifth among all NHL players in plus-minus (+48) and is just the fifth defenseman in the last 30 years to score at least 28 goals in a season. The former Calder Trophy winner (2019-20) becomes Colorado’s first Norris recipient in franchise history.
To no one’s surprise, Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin took home his first career Vezina Trophy after a dominant season between the pipes. The 26-year-old was the clear favorite entering the night after posting a 36-13-4 record with a league-leading 2.07 goals-against average and .935 save percentage during the 2021-22 campaign.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider won the Calder Trophy after an outstanding rookie campaign. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft led all rookies in assists (43) and power-play points (21) and was one of only three rookies, along with New Jersey‘s Dawson Mercer and Red Wings teammate Lucas Raymond, to play all 82 games this season. The 21-year-old also paced all first-year defensemen with 50 points. He is Detroit’s first Calder winner since 1965.
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