Today the New York Rangers announced that Mika Zibanejad was selected as the team’s most valuable player as voted on by team media, and Ryan Lindgren won the Players’ Player Award, as voted on by his teammates.
Zibanejad is having a sensational offensive season, and is two goals away from tying his career high for goals scored in a season. He is also one assist away from tying a career high set last season.
Zibanejad also sits just behind Artemiy Panarin for the overall lead in points, and has 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists) in his last 21 games.
Lindgren was named the winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award earlier this week, so this announcement of being the Players’ Player Award winner isn’t shocking in the slightest.
Lindgren is a throwback player that certainly embodies the “Black-and-Blueshirt” ethos with his entire being, and interestingly enough he set a career high in points (18) and assists (17) despite only appearing in 62 games to date. He’s Adam Fox’s partner in crime, and has exceed any and all expectations associated with him after being acquired as a key piece in the trade that sent Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins back in 2018.