NHL.com announces Calder Trophy Finalists
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05-07-2013, 06:11 PM
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Couldn't you just as well say that Saad played well enough that he earned his 1st line minutes? I mean, coaches usually don't randomly put rookies on a line with their superstar centre. If Yakupov wasn't playing in the top 6 until April, to me that's more of a negative as in "he wasn't good enough to play with the skill players quite yet".
For the record, I think Brodin should have won the trophy. Top pairing, stabilizing influence on Suter, and leading all rookies in ice time.
Yea Saad does have that going for him. However, playing well with two top20 players in the NHL isn't that much of an accomplishment. We've seen superstars carry weaker players. Chicago didn't put Saad up there simply because he was the best option - they wanted to ensure that they had deep team.
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