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Wayne Gretzky to present Hart Trophy at NHL Awards

Never before has such a historic hockey moment been nearly lost in the transactional shuffle.

There's a new "3-on-3 NHL THREES" mode that EA says introduces fast-paced, arcade-inspired action and, in franchise mode, the expansion draft feature lets fans be the first to play as the Vegas Golden Knights, or create and draft their very own 32nd NHL team from the ground up.

During the 2017 NHL Awards it was revealed that Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid would be claiming the cover this year, which many hockey fans will agree is an appropriate choice for the spot.

McDavid, tellingly, hadn't gotten a glimpse of Matthews until he saw him play at the world junior championships in 2016 - months before the Leafs made him their first No. 1 overall pick since 1985.

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets captured his second career Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goaltender.

The Hart Trophy, then, is just the latest in what's sure to be a long line of career-long accolades for McDavid if the young Oilers standout's 2016-17 campaign was any indication of what's to come.

The first trophy of the National Hockey League awards show has been handed out to Connor McDavid.

The only other Oiler to be named league MVP is Wayne Gretzky, who won the award eight consecutive times between 1980 and 1987. Just about every key Penguin missed time this year, including Sidney Crosby, Matt Murray, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. Connor McDavid is one of the premiere stars of the Edmonton Oilers as the team went on to win the Stanley Cup this year. The release also promises that Hockey Ultimate Team will return along with Solo Challenges and a Hockey Training Camp that appear to be an attempt to make things easier for newer players. Creative AI is also being promised this year as a system for better decision-making from your teammates should you choose to play solo.

The NHL Awards Show opened with the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually "to the most outstanding player in the NHL", as voted by fellow members of the NHL Players' Association.

The first symbolic team of the NHL: Sergei Bobrovsky ("Columbus"), Brent burns ("San Jose"), Erik Karlsson ("Ottawa"), Connor McDavid (Edmonton), Patrick Kane (Chicago) and brad Marchand ("Boston").

Vegas claimed Marchessault after he racked up 30 goals and 21 assists for Florida previous year. Laine (64 points in 73 games) would have had a strong case if he played the full season. A 100-point season in his sophomore season is a place to start, but he'll need some help. Likely to fill the void left behind by National Hockey League 14's Anniversary Mode (which played much like National Hockey League 94), it should hopefully offer an alternative to traditional play. "It was special to receive that award from him, because he was such an important player for the National Hockey League".


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