With the NHL no longer resuming regular season play when hockey returns, the league has announced the nominees for most awards, although some have yet to be released. For the Calder Memorial trophy, which is awarded to the best rookie each season, the nominees are Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche, Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks and Dominik Kubalik of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Cale Makar entered the season as the Avalanche’s best defender as during the off season, Tyson Barrie was traded away. The front office had a lot of faith in him and he rewarded them with a great season. In 57 games, he netted 12 pucks, helped on 38 goals for a total of 50 points, the second best point total among rookies. He had a great +/- rating of +12, got 19 points on the power play and of the 12 goals he scored, four of them were game winners. Throughout the whole season, he took 121 shots which resulted him with a shot percentage of just under 10%, a very good mark especially for a defenseman. He also spent a ton of time on the ice averaging 21 minutes of ice time a game and only spent a total of 12 minutes in the penalty box all season.
Going into the season, Quinn Hughes and his brother Jack were favorites to win the Calder Memorial Trophy although only Quinn, the elder Hughes brother is a nominee. He scored 8 goals and had 45 assists for a combined point total of 53 in which he is the rookie leader for assists and points. Of those 53 points, 25 of them came on a power play which is also the most of any rookie. He was on the ice for an averge of 21:53 a night which is the highest average of any NHL rookie. He took 126 shots on net in 68 games.
Dominik Kubalik did very well on an aging Blackhawks team and showed that he is a big part of the teams’ future. He led all rookies in goals scored (30) while getting 16 assists with 46 points total. He took a total of 157 shots which gives him a whopping shot percentage of 19.1% which was by far the best number of all rookies and even veteran players across the league.
All of Hughes, Makar and Kubalik accomplishments were important to the success of their respective teams, which is evidenced by the fact that all three players will be participating in the qualifiers for the playoffs. The Calder Memorial Award is voted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and the winner will be announced in September.
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