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Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews named 2021-2022 Hart Trophy winner

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews was awarded the 2021-2022 Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player.  (Getty images)
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews was awarded the 2021-2022 Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. (Getty images)

Auston Matthews was named the 2021-22 Hart Trophy Trophy winner as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player, beating out Connor McDavid and Igor Shesterkin.

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Matthews had a historic season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, setting a franchise record with 60 goals. He is the first player to reach the high goal scoring milestone in over a decade, and has done so while repeating as winner Rocket Richard. He started the season a bit slow after recovering from off-season wrist surgery, but scored 51 goals in 50 games during the season and finished with 0.82 goals per game, the best in the salary cap era. He also set a new career high with 106 points.

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McDavid had the most productive season of his career, winning the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top 123-pointer, or third in the wage cap era. McDavid won the award unanimously last season in what was by far his most impressive solo campaign. His points per game dropped from 1.88 in the Hart Trophy season one season ago to 1.54 this year.

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Shesterkin transcended his category with a brilliant season with the New York Rangers. In 52 starts, the Vezina Trophy winner posted a 36-13-4 record with a .935 save percentage and a league-leading 44.83 above-average saves. The next best GSAA in the NHL was Ilya Sorokin, who stopped 30 goals higher than expected in all situations.

Matthews was also named the recipient of the Ted Lindsey Award as the NHL’s Most Outstanding Player by fellow members of the NHLPA.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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