NHL: Five Candidates for the Calder Trophy

Like all the other sports leagues at the end of the year, awards are handed out. The NHL has their annual award ceremony in Las Vegas. This is where, as the pros call it, the hardware is received. These awards have been around since almost the start of the league. One of those is the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year. Here are my 5 picks that I think will win it. I start from 5 down to 1. Number 1 is the one who I think is most likely to win it.

5. Carter Hart G (Philadelphia Flyers)

Hart is one of the young and upcoming goaltenders in the NHL. He is playing on a Flyers team that is somewhat of a rebuilding mode. During this rebuild, he has started 22 games. He has won 13 of them. His goal against average is 2.79 with a .917 save percentage. He has only allowed 55 goals. He could very easily be considered to win it. The goaltender position is tough.

4. Andrei Svechnikov RW (Carolina Hurricanes)

Svechnikov has played in 69 games for the Hurricanes. He has 32 points. Svechnikov has 17 goals and 15 assists. He also has 56 penalty minutes. Svechnikov has helped but the Hurricanes in a shot for a playoff appearance. He has been solid in every league he has been a part of. Let see what stats he can put up with the remaining games that are left.

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3. Rasmus Dahlin D (Buffalo Sabers)

Besides the goaltender, we know how important the defense is to a team. Dahlin is one of the up comer blueliners. He has started 69 games for the Sabers. At the current moment, he has only 37 points. Those points consist of 8 goals and 29 assists. He is known for helping the offense by passing the puck. He is helping the Sabers fight for a playoff spot.

2. Jordan Binnington G (St. Louis Blues)

Binnington is on a team that is going to the playoffs. He has started 21 games this year. In those 21 starts, he has 16 wins. His goal against average is 1.81 with a .928 save percentage. He also has 5 shutouts. He is the Blues backup goaltender. His strong goal against average has him in the driving seat to win.

1. Elias Pettersson C (Vancouver Canucks)

Petterson in my mind is the clear cut favorite. He has played in 59 games for the Canucks. He has 58 points so close to averaging a point a game. Petterson currently has 26 goals and 32 assists. He has been great on the power play with 8 goals and 16 assists. Petterson is a big part of the Canucks offense. Let see what he does in the remaining games.

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