Kucherov edges McDavid as 2017's highest scorer
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Two players battled all year long for individual supremacy, and in the end, it was Nikita Kucherov who edged Connor McDavid as the NHL's most productive in the 2017 calendar year.

The Tampa Bay Lightning winger led the league in both goals and points over the last year, while the Edmonton Oilers center - who finished second in points - came out on top in helpers.

Here's a look at the 12 top-scoring players since Jan. 1, 2017, all of whom hit the 80-point plateau:

Player Team Games Goals Assists Points
Nikita Kucherov Lightning 81 52 54 106
Connor McDavid Oilers 83 30 72 102
Blake Wheeler Jets 83 26 64 90
Patrick Kane Blackhawks 81 39 51 90
John Tavares Islanders 80 38 50 88
Nicklas Backstrom Capitals 86 22 65 87
Mark Scheifele Jets 81 32 55 87
Brad Marchand Bruins 70 44 42 86
Josh Bailey Islanders 85 20 62 82
Sidney Crosby Penguins 83 32 50 82
Alex Ovechkin Capitals 87 40 42 82
Jack Eichel Sabres 84 33 47 80

Kucherov has 25 goals and 31 assists through 38 games to begin 2017-18, and is the favorite to unseat McDavid as the NHL's Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner at season's end.

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