The Calder Memorial Trophy is the annual awarded given to the player judged the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL.
Since its creation in 1936, the Calder Trophy has been awarded to Hall of Famers such as Glenn Hall, Tony Espostio, Bobby Orr, Ray Borque, Peter Stasny and Mario Lexmieux, as well as future Hall of Famers Peter Forsberg, Daniel Afredsson, Teemu Selanne and Martin Brodeur.
More recently, the trophy has been awarded to star players Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane, Steve Mason and Tyler Myers.
The list of this year's Calder Trophy candidates is lengthy and competitive. The list keeps changing and will likely change again before the season ends in five weeks.
Let's take a look at some of the top Calder Trophy candidates this season and rank the top five rookies I believe are most likely to win the award.
(Note: All statistics for this article were accumulated after games on March 6, 2011.)