NHL Predictions: Each Team's 2011-12 Rookie of the Year

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NHL Predictions: Each Team's 2011-12 Rookie of the Year
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One of the most interesting races to follow throughout the NHL regular season is the one for the Calder Trophy, awarded annually to the "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League." It always comes right down to the edge, with the rookies' fiery competitive attitude forcing them on.

For a player to count as a rookie, he cannot have played in 25 games in his NHL career. This counts out a lot of players we tend to consider as being the "best youngsters" in the game. Nevertheless, the list of candidates for the award this season is impressive to say the least, and the battle for the trophy is sure to be another close one.

This is a presentation of the player from each team most likely to challenge for the hallowed trophy.

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