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2015 NHL Midseason Awards: Calder Trophy

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Who is the favorite to win the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year?

2015 NHL Midseason Awards: Calder Trophy

 

With every team at or right around the 41-game mark, lets take a look at the frontrunners to win the Calder Trophy for NHL Rookie of the Year.

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

Johnny Gaudreau was a great college hockey player. In fact, he was the best player in all of college hockey last year, winning the Hobey Baker award while starring for Boston College. Johnny “Hockey” as he is now known, is having one heck of a rookie year in the NHL. He surprised some when he made the Flames roster out of training camp, and has surprised many more with his production so far. Second among rookies in both goals (13) and points (32), Gaudreau has been the spark that the Flames franchise has been looking for since Jarome Iginla was traded. 

Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators

Much like his team’s first-half success, not many saw this kind of production coming from Filip Forsberg in his rookie campaign. He has played exceptionally well on the team’s top line with center Mike Ribeiro and sniping winger James Neal. He leads all rookies in goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. The young Swede will have to continue his stellar play in order to hold off his competition for the Calder.

Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers

It isn’t often that a rookie defenseman takes home the Calder Trophy. In fact, its only happened twice in the past 17 years. But if Aaron Ekblad continues his impressive play from the first half, the first overall pick will have a good chance to throw a wrench in that trend. The Panthers’ stud defenseman is third amongst all rookies with 23 points and is fourth in plus/minus rating. He is also getting lots of burn, playing more than 22 minutes a game, second most among rookies. 

Notables: Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning; Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators

My Vote: Johnny Gaudreau

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