Making A Case For Each Calder Trophy Candidate

By Jacob Carmendy
Mar. 31, 2016

There is plenty of talent in this years NHL rookie class, which calls for one intense race for the Calder Trophy. Here in this post, I've compiled the top rookies in the NHL and have made their cases for why they should be rookie of the year. 

 -Dylan Larkin/Red Wings 

Leads all Red Wings players in goals with 22 and is third on the team in points with 44. His ability to create plays with his blazing speed and consistency along with his all-star status will surely get him votes in the Calder trophy race.

Connor McDavid/Oilers 

Since returning from a broken collarbone, McDavid has been sensational to say the least. He already has 45 points in just 42 games for the Oilers. He's been everything and more that not only the Oilers, but the entire NHL expected out of the young phenom.

Artemi Panarin/Blackhawks 

Panarin leads all NHL rookies with 64 points in 75 games for the Blackhawks. Has been a huge reason for the Blackhawks success, especially on the power play.

Shayne Gostisbehere/Flyers 
👻🐻(Yes I did that) 

Gostisbehere has been a revelation and everything the Flyers have wanted and more, he's been one of the most dominant defenseman in the NHL since making his debut shortly after the all-star break this season. "Ghost" already has 5 game-winning goals which has helped lead the Flyers on their outstanding push towards a playoff spot. He also has been clutch on the power play with 21 points.

-Jack Eichel/Sabres 

Is 2nd among NHL rookies with 50 points, leads the Sabres in goals with 23, and is second to only Ryan O'Reilly on the team in points. Eichel has spent the season as an underrated player and due to his success with the Sabres, has been a huge part of this Sabres team.

-Colton Parayko/Blues 

Another underrated rookie, Parayko leads all NHL rookies with a +26 rating, which signals his presence on the ice helping contribute to a lot of St. Louis success.

-John Gibson/Ducks 

Leads all rookie goaltenders with a 2.09 GAA, .918 SV%, and 4 shutouts. He's played in 38 games this season, splitting time with Fredrik Anderson.

Max Domi/Coyotes 

3rd amongst NHL rookies with 48 points in 75 games. While he has a slimmer chance of winning, his grit and ability to contribute well on the ice(hence his numbers) can be his case to garner votes.

Sam Reinhart/Sabres 

Many will probably be surprised I'm adding Reinhart here, but he does at least deserve to have a case by joining Jack Eichel as the first Sabres teammates to score 20 goals in their rookie seasons since 1974-75.