So earlier this week we have looked at some of the more relatively minor awards, but now it is time to start looking at the big ones. Today, we start off by taking a look at the kids, and awarding the Calder Memorial Trophy.
AWARDED TO: “The player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.” – NHL.com
VOTED ON BY: The Professional Hockey Writer’s Association
AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
BRENDAN GALLAGHER: A first year pro, Brendan Gallagher made a big impact in his rookie season. The newest member of the “Little Balls of Hate” club, Gallagher added a physical dimension and a pest factor to the fact that he finished 2nd in rookie goals and 3rd in points.
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU: As a 19 year old rookie on a bad team, Jonathan Huberdeau shone for the Panthers. He finished tied for first in points, third in goals and tied for third in assists.
BRANDON SAAD: After a slow start in the AHL, Brandon Saad had the good fortune to earn a spot in Chicago’s top 6, skating alongside Jonathan Toews for most of the season. He was one of 5 rookies to crack double digits in goals and finished 4th among rookies in points.
AND THE WINNER IS….
SenShot selects Brendan Gallagher as the winner of the Calder Trophy. It was not a unanimous vote as Gallagher received 2 votes and Huberdeau one. The multi-dimensional talent (his +10 was 5th among rookies) is effective at both ends of the ice. His ability to excel despite his small stature and still get under opponent’s skin make him a player who will be effective even when not scoring.