Rookie of the Year: Patrick Kane or Nicklas Backstrom?

Vince RichardsCorrespondent IMarch 16, 2008

With Patrick Kane and Nicklas Backstrom both 72 games into their rookies seasons, they are neck and neck for the Calder trophy.

Only 10 games left for the two rookies, now is the time to show what they really have. The Washington Capitals along with the Chicago Blackhawks have made a tremendous turn around from last season.

The Blackhawks are contenders because of Patrick Kane presence, who has suited up for every game thus far. We cannot forget Jonathan Toews, who is also a rookie, but is far behind in the point category than Kane. With Kane's 17 goals and team leading 44 assists and 61 points, there is no doubt Patrick Kane has carried the Blackhawks this season. Occasionally playing on a line with 30+ goal scorer Patrick Sharp really helps Kane rack up assists. On the powerplay, Kane is alarmingly dangerous as well by collecting 23 powerplay points.

Nicklas Backstrom is among the other candidate for rookie of the year. Unlike Kane, Backstrom is not leading his team in points, but that would be quite a feat beating out Alexander Ovechkin in points his rookie season. It doesn't matter if he leads the team or not, without Backstrom, the Capitals would not be doing as well as they are. Nicklas Backstrom has an 11-48-59 line as of right now. As for the powerplay, Backstrom almost has the same numbers as Kane with 21 points. 

Both players are equally dangerous no matter where or who they play, but its going to be a sprint to the finish to see who is crowned with the Calder trophy.