Patrick Kane praised Connor McDavid and said the Edmonton Oilers center should clearly be the winner of the Hart Trophy as most valuable player in the NHL this season.

The Chicago Blackhawks forward was asked about being considered for the award, but quickly redirected the focus toward Edmonton.

"I don't think anyone's going to really touch McDavid this year," Kane said Thursday. "He's just head and shoulders the best player in the League, and their team is having a great year. But at the same time, it's nice to hear those type of things. Usually it means your team is in a good position throughout the year as well."

McDavid leads the NHL this season with 64 points (22 goals, 42 assists) in 38 games for the Oilers (23-14-1), who are tied with the Winnipeg Jets for second in the seven-team Scotia North Division, four points behind the first-place Toronto Maple Leafs. The 24-year-old won the Hart Trophy in 2016-17 when he led the NHL with 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists) in 82 games.