Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images
The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded to the NHL's most proficient rookie. Every year, the talent pool improves, thus picking the winner becomes more difficult. This year is no different.
Adam Henrique, center for the New Jersey Devils, had a spectacular season—playing in 74 games. Henrique centered the top line of the New Jersey Devils this year, due to an injury to Travis Zajac. His 35 assists led all rookies. He added 16 goals and finished a plus-eight.
Gabriel Landeskog dressed in every game this season for the Colorado Avalanche. His 52 points tied for first among rookies. His 22 goals were good for second. This rookie found himself taking a heavy workload in his first season. Landeskog saw plenty of time on both the power play and penalty kill. Gabriel averaged over 18 minutes per game and led the Avs in plus-minus with 20.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was drafted first overall and had high expectations. Nugent-Hopkins was sidelined with a shoulder injury, limiting his time to 62 games. In his 62 games, he finished with 52 points, tying him with Landeskog. He finished the season with 18 goals and 34 assists, one shy of tying Adam Henrique.
Although each of these players are deserving of this award, only one can win. If the NHL playoffs were considered in the voting, Henrique might have run away with this award for his clutch play. Unfortunately, they do not hold any weight. Thus, the door remains open for the other two.
Winner: Gabriel Landeskog
Ultimately, this award will go to Gabriel Landeskog. His consistent play that earned him veteran-type minutes will push him past the other two.