Top 10 Early Calder Trophy Favourites For The 2009-10 NHL Season

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Top 10 Early Calder Trophy Favourites For The 2009-10 NHL Season

Though most of the players who've won the Calder Trophy (as the NHL's rookie of the year) are fitting given the consistency that their respective careers have yielded, predicting who will win the award prior to any season is an impossible task.

Many factors can swerve one's field of predictions completely off-course—either a player will be sent back to his junior team, or sent down to the minors; another guy might start slow out of the gate; others might completely biff their first opportunity in the league.

Nevertheless, when the league has an exciting crop of rookies vying for the trophy, as is the case this upcoming season, it's still fun to speculate on who will be the ones to start off their careers on the right foot and which ones won't.

Assuming that all of the following players make their respective teams in 2009-10 (and bearing in mind that some of them won't), here are my early predictions regarding who has the best shot at taking home the Calder Trophy this year.

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