New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin is one of three finalists for the 2020 Ted Lindsay Award, an honor presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player in the NHL” as voted by fellow members of the NHL Players’ Association.
The NHLPA and the Rangers made the official announcement Tuesday, with Panarin joining Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon as finalists for the award that was formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award until 2010.
Panarin is the first Ranger to be named a finalist for this award since Henrik Lundqvist in 2011-12, and the first Rangers skater to earn the nod since Jaromir Jagr won the award in 2005-06. He will be vying to be the fourth Blueshirt to win it, following Jagr, Mark Messier (1991-92), and Jean Ratelle (1971-72).
The 28-year-old Panarin played 69 of the Rangers’ 70 games this season prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, scoring 32 goals and notching 63 assists with a plus-36 rating, ranking second in the NHL in assists and plus/minus and tying for third with his 95 points. Per the Rangers, that line made Panarin the only player in the NHL with at least 95 points and a plus-35 or better rating this year, the first in the league since three players did it in 2009-10, and only the fourth Ranger overall to do it.
Panarin also led the NHL in 5-on-5 assists (38), overall even-strength assists (46), 5-on-5 points (59) and overall even-strength points (71) prior to the shutdown as well.
The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup Finals, per the NHL, with a date still to be determined for the 2020 NHL Awards event that was scheduled for June 18 in Las Vegas but was postponed in March due to COVID-19.