Top 5 Candidates For the 2022-23 Art Ross Trophy

For the last several years, offense has been trending upward in the National Hockey League. After a pause in the pattern during the strange 2020-21 campaign, teams made up for lost time last season, scoring an average of 3.14 goals per team per game.

That’s a number that hasn’t been seen since 1995-96, when Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr dominated the scoring race while Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews were both a year away from being born.

Since reaching NHL age, those two mega-talents have ridden the wave of increased offense — while also helping to drive it. They were both among the large group of scorers who hit career highs in points last season — and for McDavid, coming out on top of the heap is quickly becoming old hat. His 123 points were a new personal best, and earned him his fourth Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer in just his seventh year in the league.

Can McDavid win a third straight scoring title in 2022-23 — and who are his most threatening challengers?