The NHL awards the Calder Memorial Trophy each year "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League."
Last year's winner was Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes. Skinner was the league's youngest player last season at 18, and lead all rookies with 63 points. He also scored 31 goals and established himself as a good all-round hockey player despite his young age.
Some players who will receive consideration for the Calder this year, without being finalists, include Sabres center Cody Hodgson, Flyers winger Matt Read and Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner.