NHL Scoring Race Heats Up
|Monday, March 20, 2017|
The scoring race is heating up down the stretch in the NHL as the season comes to a close.
Widely considered to be the two best players in the league, it's no surprise that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers are leading the charge for the Art Ross Trophy, awarded annually to the player who leads the league in scoring.
The Canadian boys could very well end up battling for first the rest of the way as they are currently tied with 80 points, but several other players are in striking distance.
Last year's winner of the Art Ross Trophy, Patrick Kane from Buffalo, New York is having another tremendous season and currently sits one point back of McDavid and Crosby.
Nicklas Backstrom, a native of Sweden and forward for the Washington Capitals, is quietly putting together a very strong season. Often considered one of the best passers in the league, he's backing up those claims with 54 assists through 71 games.
Evgeni Malkin, Nikita Kucherov, Artemi Panarin, and Vladimir Tarasenko are all representing their home country of Russia well and could potentially make enough ground up for the points lead if they're able to go on an incredible run down the stretch.
Mikael Granlund of Finland, David Pastrnak of Czechia, and Leon Draisaitl of Germany are all having magnificent seasons as well.
What we're getting at is that while the top talent was pure Canadian in the past, those days are gone. Yes Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby remain in first in the scoring race, but players from several countries are in their rearview mirror.
The international talent pool is growing and power is slowly shifting as countries gain ground on Canada in terms of hockey development.
It's awesome to see.