If I was a part of the NHL Voting Committee, I would have a real tough time giving the award to a goaltender who was at one point sent down to the minors for his poor play.
Price rebounded, but you need to consider the entire year. Price was the best rookie in the 2nd half of the NHL season, bar none. However, when you add the 1st half, he wasn't good enough to crack the Top 3.
Toews missed around 20Games. Why should he be in the top 3?..
If you need to consider the entire year. I don't see how coming back from ''poor play'' to steal the #1 job of an all-star goalie on the #1seed in the East is not more deserving than a 64GP 54pts season.
If we add the 1st half a big part of which Toews was injured..i don't see how he deserves it.
If we're gonna take everything into consideration as you seem to do, why not say Backstrom played with Ovechkin all season, a guy that scored 68G..
Why not say Kane and Toews can play 40min a game, there's simply nobody in CHI.
Im not defending Price..i dont think he deserved the Calder..not even close. But i don't see how Toews is easily cracking top 3 but Price isnt deserving of it.
Frankly I would put Price right there at a tie for third with Toews. Price's influence in fewer games has been just as big for the Habs. Being goalie is a lot like being catcher in baseball. They have an effect on the game larger than their stats indicate
Any body remember the last time a team had 2/3 of the ROY nomminations the same year. Pretty impressive.
Since no one said it yet, Malkin + Staal, to answer your question.
I agree with most that Kane should win it. Backstorm turned it on late, but it seemed like every time he would have a great game, Kane would match. And Backstrom had Ovechkin whereas Kane provided a lot of offense on his own, though of course, all 3 nominees are great players.
Being a goaltender that led your team to a first place finish in the East in a hockey city like Montreal (even for just over 40 games) is a bigger feat than putting up 60-70 points on a non-playoff team or piling up lots of points simply by giving the puck to Ovechkin.
Voters just look at the stats and not the impact the rookie had on their team and in the league.
Agree with you 100%
Isn't rookie of the year nominated by the media? We all know the media is full of guys who THINK they know hockey but really don't.
Originally Posted by Habs 4 Life
Carey doesn't care about trophies...
False. I'm sure he cares about the greatest Trophy of them all....the Stanley Cup