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09-24-2005, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by King Henry I
I honestly believe that somebody who we don't expect (i.e. not Crosby, Ovechkin, Vanek, etc.) will win the Calder. There are always sleepers--if I asked you who would be Calder finalists last season Raycroft, Ryder and Hunter would definately not be the top 3.

If somebody like Bochenski was a finalist I wouldn't be stunned.
While I agree that sleepers do always emerge, the lock-out last year changes things a bit. The guys who would have been the top contenders last year (who might include Ovechkin, Carter and Phaneuf) are not here this time around, but a year better. There are so many guys who could have been rookies last year, that could really hit the ground running considering the extra development time they were given because of the work stoppage.

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