Welcome to The Leafs Nation’s year-(so far)-in-review series in which we talk about something we learned about each player on the team this year. Today, we have Auston Matthews establishing himself as the best goal scorer in the league.
Among the many things we lost when the NHL season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic was an epic race for the Rocket Richard Trophy.
Alexander Ovechkin, who won the award in each of the past two seasons, sits tied with David Pastrnak for the league’s lead in goals with 48. Right behind them is Auston Matthews with 47 goals.
It’s difficult at this point to imagine that the 2019-20 regular season is going to be concluded (I’ll still hold out some hope for the playoffs), so Ovechkin and Pastrnak will more than likely be awarded co-winners of the Rocket Richard this year. That leaves Matthews without any hardware to show for his breakout season.
I mean, it’s sort of arbitrary in the grand scheme of things, but it would have been ideal for Ovechkin and Matthews to share that trophy. No disrespect to Pastrnak who’s obviously …
Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation