It’s official: Taylor Hall is headed to Las Vegas.
No, he’s not going to Golden Knights. The Devils‘ marquee forward is headed to Sin City after being named as one of three finalists for the award given to, according to the NHL, “the player judged most valuable to his team” for a season.
The 26-year-old certainly has the credentials for it. Hall tallied career highs in goals (39), assists (54) and points (93) during the 2017-18 campaign. His exploits lifted the Devils to their first postseason run since 2012.
His coach, John Hynes, thinks Hall is deserving of the honor.
Devils head coach John Hynes promotes Taylor Hall's credentials for the Hart Trophy and his overall impact on the 2017-18 Devils season.
Hall was named a finalist alongside the Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon and the Kings’ Anze Kopitar. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 20 in Las Vegas.
If he wins, Hall would become the first player in Devils’ history to win the prestigious honor.
One thing is for sure: Devils fans would pick Hall as the Hart winner if they had the chance!
Taylor Hall speaks with Deb Placey after scoring twice in the Devils' 4-3 win over the Islanders at the Prudential Center.
Hall has the opportunity to win two awards in Vegas after also being nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award, which is given to the NHL’s most outstanding player judged by the players.