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Doghouse 10-06-2003 02:56 PM

Calder Trophy Predictions
 
It's hard to predict a winner for the rookie of the year before the season starts.

But, it's hard to ignore the rookies after today. Fleury and Staal, 1st and 2nd overall picks respectively, signed today.

Out of all the rookies this year, which ones have the best chance of winning the award this year?

Freudian 10-06-2003 02:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doghouse
It's hard to predict a winner for the rookie of the year before the season starts.

But, it's hard to ignore the rookies after today. Fleury and Staal, 1st and 2nd overall picks respectively, signed today.

Out of all the rookies this year, which ones have the best chance of winning the award this year?

Staal has been playing on the top lines with Carolina during preseason and seems to have responded real well. He seems to be physically ready to play in the NHL and is my early bet for the Calder.

Habs4Life 10-06-2003 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by JasonMacIsaac
It will be the guy you least expect, Radulov is a posssibility.


Eric Stall has been on fire every since he started playing in the NHL...
I think he will get the calder cup this year if he keeps up what he's doing

GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!

darth5 10-06-2003 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Habs4Life
Eric Stall has been on fire every since he started playing in the NHL...
I think he will get the calder cup this year if he keeps up what he's doing

GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!

Now, wait a minute... No disprespect to Staal, but he has played a grand total of, what, 6 PRE-season games?? Its' not like he has played a SINGLE regular season game vs. a real NHL roster yet.... ;)

Freudian 10-06-2003 03:14 PM

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Originally Posted by JasonMacIsaac
Hasn't Brown been on a better pace then Stall, correct me if i'm wrong.

It is pretty likely that Brown won't see any top 3 line minutes. Kinda hard to compete for the Calder if you don't get the minutes.

Kvashinator12 10-06-2003 03:23 PM

Justin
 
Papineau is the man for the Calder if he plays on the top 2 lines. He might have more offensive ability then any other rookie out there

Sec of Partying Down 10-06-2003 03:30 PM

Kobasew, Betts are the contenders for Calgary. I think Kobasew has a good shot but it will probably go to Fleury or Sejna

Epsilon 10-06-2003 03:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JasonMacIsaac
It will be the guy you least expect, Radulov is a posssibility.

:handclap:

I've been picking Radulov as a possibility since the end of last season. Sejna, Pitkanen, and Ruutu all seem like solid contenders as well.

Pinto 10-06-2003 03:37 PM

I say 2 dman in back to back years

my early vote goes to Jani Pitkanen

Foppa 10-06-2003 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JasonMacIsaac
Lets do the h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-homer

If that's in reply to his naming Svatos...its certainly not likely but I wouldn't dismiss him so quickly.

Svatos has a nose for the net, a great shot, and a surprsing amount of grit for a small guy. While it remains to be seen how much ice time he (or Cody McCormack, one of the other four (wow, who saw that coming?) rookies to make the Avalanche opening night roster) - the Avs' have had a lot of previous success grooming their young forwards by allowing the to play with the established stars, and the Avs certainly have the firepower to do some creative line combos.

As for my odds on favorite - I'd pick either Sejna or Ruutu. Yeah, everbody is picking them among their choices, but there is a reason for that.

zoidberg 10-06-2003 03:48 PM

Kobe Beef!

Chuck Kobasew.

And Ruutu. I doubt Pitkanen will win it; 2 defensemen in 2 years? Me no thinkey so.

GaborikRules10!!! 10-06-2003 03:50 PM

Brent Burns :)

Actually I think it will be Tuomo Ruttu.

Teemu 10-06-2003 03:50 PM

Ruutu :yo:
Nice to have 2 rookies (maybe even 3) that have a chance at the award this year

Fedz 10-06-2003 03:56 PM

This is a huge homer pick

but if Jason King, makes the team, and sticks on second line, with the sedins, as rumoured...he might have a chance!

Foppa 10-06-2003 04:01 PM

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Originally Posted by JasonMacIsaac
Not too much, I actually question Colorado's decsion to to let him play on a team where he would be lucky to get 8 to 10 min a game. You have Tanguay, kariya, Forsberg, Sakic, Hejduk, Selanne, all wanting close to 20 min per game.

It's a possibility. Of the two rookie forwards, I'd say Svatos is more likely to get sent down to Hershey in order to get big minutes in a scoring role. (Although this would be debatable because McCormick is the younger less experienced one).

But I certainly don't think its laughable to consider him a darkhorse. Injuries and trades happen and if Svatos starts out well, he could always make somebody (read: Tanguay) expendable or become a valuable chip himself. And there is nothing set in stone that says the Avs can only play their top guns with their other top guns. Svatos held his own in the pre-season on a line with Tanguay and Hejduk.

There are 20 guys more likely to win at this point, but he's worth a mention. Would you really be THAT surprised if the guy who won it wasn't even listed in this entire thread, even given all these 'homer' votes?

Chaos 10-06-2003 04:06 PM

I think my pick is obvious.......

Vincent Vega 10-06-2003 04:08 PM

Pitkanen or The Tootoo train.

degroat* 10-06-2003 04:13 PM

It's been a long time since the Blues started the season with a Calder favorite.. so I'm just going to enjoy watching the race this season.

CapsIntensity68 10-06-2003 04:13 PM

you can call it a homer pick now, but I don't think anyone will be calling it a homer in a few months, Alexander Semin. He showed great chemistry with Lang during the preseason and in camp and after reading everything that Caps fans have been posting about him, he has serious game breaking potential. He has a deadly wrister that he still hasn't started to use yet (all his points in the preseason came on assists) and great speed. Too weak and too European you say? Well after reading the reports of him picking himself right back up after getting smeared along the boards or pushing people back after they push him in the post whistle rough housing that occurs, I don't think you can argue that. Why don't you ask Todd Fedoruk how must of a tough litte pest Semin is. Semin came right up to him during a scrum and dropped him in retaliation for an earlier hit. This guy is the whole package. If he gets put with Lang and/or Jagr he has Calder potential written all over him.

~0 ~0 ~0

V for Voodoo 10-06-2003 04:17 PM

i'm going to go with the same guy i've been picking for 6 months. Andrew Raycroft

V for Voodoo 10-06-2003 04:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JasonMacIsaac
Bruins defense is preety bad, he may post alot of wins but his GAA is going to be horrible.

if only things were so clear cut at the beginning of the season.
i think he'll do alright for himself and get some consideration, you just remember that jason ;)

EJG123 10-06-2003 04:26 PM

I'm going to pick Senja as the favorite and my darkhorse pick is Pavel Vorobiev. He's gritty like Ruutu but a bit more developed because of his age. Ruutu will be better in the long run but Vorobiev will be the best rookie in Chicago this year.

PredsFan77* 10-06-2003 04:32 PM

Even though he wasn't drafted this year, got to give the nod to Ruutu with Pitkanen a close second...

nordique 10-06-2003 04:39 PM

Maxim Kondratiev!

Ruckus007 10-06-2003 04:46 PM

If Eric Staal plays on the first line for Carolina the entire season, he's probably going to put up some very nice numbers. I'd say he's my favorite.


Homer darkhorse pick: Ryan Miller. Though I don't think Miller will see a lot of time in Buffalo, he's been arguably the best goalie in camp and Regier has said they're willing to carry 3 goalies to keep Ryan up if he's earning the spot. Right now it looks like Miller has won a roster spot but with two cuts remaining that could change. Now I say him because I figure if he's in Buffalo most of the year that means he's probably been playing incredible (otherwise, he obviously wouldn't be in Buffalo), to the point to warrant Calder consideration. Follow? (I'm not sure I do)


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