What does that mean for Connor McDonagh?
The Edmonton Oilers star winger is expected to be named the Stanley Trophy winner, but that won’t happen until Jan. 6, 2019, the date of the NHL’s annual awards ceremony.
The Oilers are hoping that a win against the Boston Bruins will open the door for McDavid to be selected as the finalist for the Conn Smythe Trophy, the league’s top player award.
The award is given to the NHL player with the most NHL goals, assists and points in a season.
But the Oilers have a problem.
McDonah was one of the top scoring forwards for the Ottawa Senators, but he also played in just one playoff game.
The 27-year-old didn’t score in the series, and he was scratched twice for the final two games.
McDavid has yet to win a Stanley Cup, and there’s no guarantee he will be able to do so.
But if the Oilers can get the kind of help they are looking for from McDonagh, he might not need to go into the Stanley Final just yet.