If McDavid wins, it would be a memorable moment as nine-time winner Gretzky presents the 20-year-old Oilers star with the trophy.
McDavid, Crosby and San Jose's Brent Burns also are up for the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player as voted by peers. Lindsay and fellow Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier will present.
Burns, Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman are finalists for the Norris Trophy for best defenseman. Columbus' Bobrovsky, Washington's Braden Holtby and Montreal's Carey Price are finalists for the Vezina Trophy for best goaltender.
The Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft also is part of the show.