The top 10 ranking players so far this June are listed below, one of those players will be awarded the 2013-14 Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.
The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. Check out the Calder Trophy Top 10 Ranking Players so far:
1. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Age: 18, drafted first overall in 2013 / Numbers: 71 games played, 23-31-54, plus-18
Coach Patrick Roy and goaltender Semyon Varlamov have received much of the credit for the turnaround of the Colorado Avalanche this season, but Nathan MacKinnon also deserves a serious share of the honors.
2. Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins
Age: 19, drafted 22nd overall in 2012 / Numbers: 70 games played, 9-19-28, plus-eight
Defense has never been the strongest part of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ match, but Olli Maatta has stepped in to help anchor the blue line in a year – when the side has been decimated by injuries to key players.
3. Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning
Age: 22, drafted 208th overall in 2011 / Numbers: 72 games played, 19-32-51, plus-27
A late-round draft choice, Ondrej Palat played under current Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper when both were in the AHL, first with the Norfolk Admirals in 2011-12, then the Syracuse Crunch in 2012-13.
4. Torey Krug, Boston Bruins
Age: 22, undrafted / Numbers: 70 games played, 14-23-37, plus-14
An undersized, undrafted defenseman, Torey Krug played a key role when he debuted in the NHL during the Boston Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup Final last season. He hasn’t missed a beat this year.
5. Eddie Lack, Vancouver Canucks
Age: 26, undrafted / Numbers: 35 games played, 14-14-4-4, .915 save percentage, 2.33 goals-against average
During a season where hot young goaltenders have been emerging all around the league, no one has faced more pressure than the Vancouver Canucks’ Eddie Lack. Signed by the Canucks organization back in 2010, Lack spent three seasons in the American Hockey League. He played just 13 games in the 2012-13 campaign before undergoing season-ending hip surgery.
6. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
Age: 23, undrafted / Numbers: 72 games played, 22-25-47, plus-19
Part of the youth movement that the Tampa Bay Lightning instituted once the playoffs slipped out of reach in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, both Tyler Johnson and fellow rookie Ondrej Palat made their NHL debuts after being called up from the minors last March.
7. Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota Wild
Age: 23, drafted 161st overall in 2009 / Numbers: 24 games played, 12-6-4-2, .922 save percentage, 2.26 goals-against average
The Minnesota Wild looked like they were set in net early this season, with Josh Harding defying the odds to become the league’s top netminder while Niklas Backstrom stood adeptly in reserve.
8. Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks
Age: 24, drafted 87th overall in 2012 / Numbers: 23 games played, 16-5-0-0, .924 save percentage, 2.26 goals-against average
Among rookie goalies with more than 20 games played this season, Andersen leads the way with 16 wins and the best save percentage. He’s tied with Minnesota’s Darcy Kuemper in goals-against average.
9. Hampus Lindholm, Anaheim Ducks
Age: 20, drafted sixth overall in 2012 / Numbers: 68 games played, 5-21-26, plus-29
Lindholm has been good all season, and he has gotten even better since Ducks mainstay Cam Fowler went down with a sprained MCL on March 14. Lindholm is now fifth in the entire NHL in plus/minus, tucked right between warhorses Johnny Boychuk and Jay Bouwmeester. In Fowler’s absence, he’s consistently been averaging more than 20 minutes of ice time per match.
10. Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets
Age: 20, drafted ninth overall in 2012 / Numbers: 56 games played, 8-18-26, plus-five
Despite his lack of experience at hockey’s top level, Jacob Trouba has been a grounding force this season on a Winnipeg Jets team that’s still trying to find its way.