Monday, May 2, 2016
Calder finalists preview
The Calder trophy finalists for the rookie of the year has been announced. The finalists are the Philadelphia Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere, the Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin and the the Oilers' Connor McDavid. The biggest question is: who's going to win it?
Gostisbehere, 23, had played only two games last year and was a -2. In his real rookie season, Gostisbehere 17 goals, 29 assists for 46 points in only 64 games. He also had 2 points in the Flyers brief 6 game playoff run where they barely scored as a team. Also, if Gostisbehere, who is also a defenseman, wasn't called up from the AHL, the Flyers most likely would not have made it to the playoffs.
Panarin, 24, had 30 goals, 47 assists for 77 points this year in his first NHL season after many in the KHL. He had 7 points in the Blackhawks' 7 playoff games. Panarin might not have earned 100% of his points though. His linemate, Patrick Kane, had 106 points in the regular season. Also lots of Kane's goals that Panarin had assists on were efforts all made by Kane.
McDavid, 19, had 16 goals and 32 assists for 48 points. McDavid sustained a broken collarbone early this season which kept him out for months. McDavid returned after the all-star break an earned himself a chance to win the an award on a struggling Oilers team.
Personally, I would say the winner is Gostisbehere. To be on a team that without him wouldn't have made the playoffs, Gostisbehere makes sense for a winner. He also was a defenseman who scored 17 goals and had a 15 game point streak. Panarin was playing with a star and McDavid missed half the season. That's why I don't think they'll win.