Early Candidates for NHL Rookie of the Year

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Early Candidates for NHL Rookie of the Year
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Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog controls the puck against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 22. Landeskog won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's 2011-2012 Rookie of the Year.

The Calder Memorial Trophy is one of the most prestigious accolades given to the National Hockey League’s most outstanding rookie.

It’s an achievement marked by blood, sweat and tears. It’s an honor accomplished through pain and injury. It’s a triumph that cements one player each season into hockey history, forever known and remembered as the one who earned this distinguished decoration.

Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog took home the hardware last season, scoring 22 goals while recording 52 points. Carolina’s Jeff Skinner won it two years ago. The likes of Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin and St. Louis’ Barret Jackman have also been recent winners of the award.

Certain future Hall of Famers, including Martin Brodeur, Peter Forsberg and Teemu Selanne, won the award in their rookies seasons.

With a loaded rookie class, which first-year player will make history by winning the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2013?

Here’s a list of the early candidates in prime position to win Rookie of the Year. 

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