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One year after he received not so much as a single fifth place vote despite being the first NHLer in 7 seasons to score 50 goals and 100 points, Leon won the 2019-20 Hart by a comfortable margin, earning 77% of the maximum possible points, compared to Nathan MacKinnon’s 68% and Artemi Panarin’s 52%.
Draisaitl earned 54% of the first-place votes, and was named on all but 2 of the 170 ballots cast. A little surprising that two voters didn’t see the runaway scoring champion as being among the league’s top five, but I guess that just speaks to the diversity of opinion that exists among PHWA voters. Let’s just say that Draisaitl herded more cats than did anyone else.
Runner-up Nathan MacKinnon of Colorado also received 168 mentions, but lost the battle at the top of the ballot. McDavid finished fifth in the voting, and was one of six NHLers to receive at least one first-place nod.
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