McDavid and Hedman come out on top as NHLPA releases player poll results

The NHL Players' Association unveiled its 2019-20 player poll results on Tuesday after delaying its release because of the league's suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 588 players took part in the poll during their annual NHLPA team meetings before play was halted. It's the third straight season that the NHLPA has conducted the poll.

Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers received 68.35 per cent of the votes in being named the league's best forward for the second straight season.

McDavid finished second in the NHL with a career-high 116 points in 2018-19 and ranks second in the league with 97 points this season behind teammate Leon Draisaitl (110).

McDavid was followed in this year's voting by the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (14.93 per cent), Nathan MacKinnon (6.65) of the Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov (2.88).

Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman also became a back-to-back winner after receiving 37.88 per cent of the votes to earn best defenseman honours.

John Carlson (21.35) of the Washington Capitals was second, followed by the Nashville Predators' Roman Josi (9.04) and the Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty (6.54) and the San Jose Sharks' Brent Burns (6.54).

Hedman is third in the NHL among defenseman this season with 55 points behind Carlson (75) and Josi (65).

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens received 41.55 per cent of the votes to repeat as the best goaltender. Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy (17.09) finished second, followed by the Vegas Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury (8.93) and Sergei Bobrovsky (5.63) of the Florida Panthers.

Price is tied with Fleury for fifth in the league this season with 27 wins. Vasilevskiy leads the way with 35 victories.

Crosby was voted the most compete player in the league (45.56 per cent) and received 44.03 per cent of the votes in being selected as the player his peers would want on their team if they needed to win one game.