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Colorado Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog Wins Calder Trophy

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17:  Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche against the against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 17, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Kevin GoffContributor IJune 21, 2012

The NHL Award for the Rookie of the Year, the Calder Trophy, seemed like it might result in a contentious vote with three fantastic rookies set as the finalists.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog and Adam Henrique all were within one point of each other in the scoring. RNH and Landeskog each finished the season with 52 points and Henrique tallied 51 points.

Since points generally is the thing that tends to determine the Calder, it seemed that the voters might have a bit of a challenge on their hands.

As it turns out, the voters were overwhelmingly in favor of the Avalanche rookie sensation, as Landeskog received 116 first-place votes. 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the next largest amount of first-place votes with 26.

Clearly, points weren't the only thing that the voters were thinking about points this time, or they just simply couldn't ignore how complete Landeskog was during his first season.

Not only did Landeskog lead rookies in points, he was the only rookie to lead his team in goals, led all rookies in shots by nearly a 100-shot margin, led rookies in takeaways, led rookie forwards in hits and was second amongst rookies in game-winning goals. The list could go on and on.

Very clearly put, there was no other choice for this award than Landeskog because he was exactly what the Calder Memorial Trophy is supposed to award. He was the rookie that was the most proficient in the NHL during his rookie season.

Yes, Nugent-Hopkins had the same amount of points in 20 fewer games but to say he deserves the trophy based solely off of that, especially when Landeskog is amongst the top of every single other major and minor statistical category, is far too short-sighted.

Landeskog was the best rookies this year and deserved this award.

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