Gabriel Landeskog will almost certainly get a trip out to Las Vegas in June for the NHL Awards, and may very well leave there with the 2012 Calder Trophy.
The NHL had several prominent rookies rise during the 2011-2012 season including Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils, Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers, and of course Landeskog.
Nugent-Hopkins, 2011's No. 1 overall pick and Landeskog, the No. 2 overall pick finished the season atop the rookie leaderboard tied with 52 points.
Credit where it's due, Nugent-Hopkins would have likely run away with the rookie scoring race and subsequently the Calder, had he not been sidelined for 20 games with a shoulder injury.
While RNH supporters will argue that his points-per-game were significantly higher than Landeskog's (52 points in 62 games, .88 vs. Landy's .63), Landy should be rewarded for the fact that he played in all 82 games for the Avalanche this season, the only player on the team to do so.
The one game that Landeskog almost missed due to the flu, he ended up playing in and netting the game-winner in overtime.
Landy's 82 games are also impressive given his physical play and willingness to hit and take big hits. He dished out 219 hits, the most of any Avalanche player. Nugent-Hopkins, by contrast, registered 38 hits.
Landeskog was also the only rookie this season to lead his team in goals (22). He finished in the top-three in virtually every rookie stat category. Scoring: Tied first. Goals: Second. Assists: Third. Shots: First. Hits: Second.
He is also just the second rookie in NHL history to record at least 20 goals and 200 hits. Dion Phaneuf was the other in 2005-06.
While Nugent-Hopkins, Henrique, and Read are all very good rookies with promising NHL careers ahead, Landeskog is the complete package.
Let's take a look at some of the highlights from his memorable rookie season.