LAS VEGAS - The Colorado Avalanche don’t get nice things.
Everyone knew last summer that the Avs were going to have a hard time getting any respect after a 48-point season in 2016-2017, but what Nathan MacKinnon did for his organization this year to get them back to relevancy gained a lot of attention. MacKinnon ultimately did not win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s MVP. His second-place finish in the voting came as a mild surprise given his incredible season.
This race has been something he actively avoided talking about throughout the regular season, saying on multiple occasions he was more concerned with his team’s success and making the playoffs than he was individual awards. Even after leading his team to the playoffs and giving the President’s Trophy winners all they could handle in a feisty first-round series, MacKinnon is getting the individual recognition, though lacking in hardware, he more than deserves.