In his year-end interview, Oilers GM Ken Holland admits he'd like to add things like depth scoring and "greybeards" to help McDavid and company shoulder the leadership load.
With the Edmonton Oilers being bounced out of the NHL playoffs in four straight by the Winnipeg Jets, the team's two star players are trying to balance frustration and optimism.
The majority of the hockey world had the Oilers to win the series against the Jets — as Winnipeg was the clear underdog, losing seven of nine in the regular season.
The Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl has been nominated for yet another award, the NHL announced on Monday.
"Colby was a great friend to everyone, just a good person. A really lively person. He's missed around the dressing room," head coach Dave Tippett said.
The Oilers play an exhibition game on July 28, then start the qualifying round on Aug. 1.
"He has great skill, great knowledge of the game [and] can play all situations, so he ends up having an impact on your team."
Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon and New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the 2019-20 Ted Lindsay Award.
Nugent-Hopkins racked up 37 points in the final 29 games of the season.