The finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award have been announced for the 2011-2012 season. The annual honor is given to the "most outstanding player" in the league, as voted by members of the National Hockey League Player's Association.
This year's top contenders are Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers, Steven Stamkos of the Lightning, and Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins.
Here's a closer look at the top three finalists:
Lundqvist - Not only is the Nashville goalie nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award, but also for the Vezina and Hart Trophies. Lundqvist recorded a save percentage of .903 and earned a total of 39 wins.
Stamkos - He became the 19th players in NHL history to score 60 goals in a single season. The 2008 first overall draft pick also earned the Maurice Richard Award, as well as a nomination for the Hart Trophy.
Malkin - With the Art Ross Award already under his belt, Malkin also remains in the running for the Hart Trophy. The Penguins superstar led the NHL in scoring with 109 points and 339 shots on goal. This is his third Ted Lindsay nomination.
The Penguins lead the league with the most team victories in terms of earning the Ted Lindsay honor, but Wayne Gretzky is first in the NHL in individual wins with five awards when he played with the Edmonton Oilers.
The Ted Lindsay Award has existed since the 1971-1972 season. A Blackhawks player has yet to win.
Here's a look at some past recipients:
New York Rangers
2004Martin St. Louis
Tampa Bay Lightning