Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis have been named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, presented to the NHL's top performer by the players' association.
All three are previous winners of the prestigious honor, which was renamed for the Hall of Fame forward who helped establish the NHL Players' Association. It was previously known as the Lester B. Pearson Award from 1970-71 through 2008-09.
Crosby, despite playing only 36 of 48 games in the shortened season, tied for third in the league in points with 56 and was second in assists with 41. The 2006-07 NHLPA award winner led the league in points per game at 1.56 and was fourth with a plus-26 rating.
Ovechkin led the league in goals with 32 for his third Richard Trophy as the top goal scorer, and his 56 points tied Crosby for third in the league. He won this award three straight years from 2007-08 through 2009-10.
St. Louis, the 2003-04 players' award winner, led the NHL with 60 points for his second Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer. His 43 assists led the league.
The 2013 winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup Finals.