The National Hockey League first awarded the Calder Trophy to the league’s most outstanding rookie in 1933.
While only five Detroit players have earned the honor—none since 1965—it shouldn’t take away from several outstanding rookie seasons from some of Hockeytown’s finest. There are so many historic names that have sported the winged wheel, but not all of them had memorable rookie seasons.
It’s not always the biggest name that wins the honor, but the trophy isn’t necessarily needed to recognize a tremendous first year. This list was composed with a combination of each player’s rookie statistics, their impact on the club during that season and their recognition.
Detroit has witnessed many fine starts to a young star’s career, and here are five of the greatest rookie seasons in Detroit Red Wings history.