A lot of media guys add in the disclaimer "if RNH hadn't gotten hurt he would have walked away with it". Doesn't that mean he was the best rookie? Isn't the Calder given to the best rookie? Pretty straight forward if you ask me.
Landeskog wins it..he has been great for the Avs and has a solid 2 way game. RNH would win it if he played in more games, but I think he still gets runner up. Henrique gets 3rd, his late season struggles hurt his chances at winning. That and him not benefiting from playing with Kovy and Parise on the top line now.
Both have been great, but i simply think landeskog has been better. Yes, Nugent has been really impressive, and his ppg pace is something special for a rookie, but why the focus just on points? Landeskog has adapted admirably and excelled shined in every situation hes been thrown into, arguably being the best player on the avs this year.
Nugent has been impressive and filled that center gap in Edmonton. His job has been to get points and run the pp, which he does. In the end though, despite the 20 games missed by Nugent, i feel that landeskog has simply a better player overall.
If you look at past calders it's always been about points. Same # of points with 20some less games played? RNH will win because as much as hfboards cares about intangibles and shots on goal, the people actually voting care about points.
The calder is for the best rookie player, not the rookie with the most hits and shots.
Lando should win the selke this year also. So he should win the calder. hes like +300
O'Reilly would be the Avs selke candidate. He doesn't hit as hard but he's a better defensive specialist. McClement is too but he's not a point producer, just a defensive player.
I agree with Landeskog for Calder.
Let's look at it with dmen...you can say that if Larsson played on a different team and didn't get injured by Subban that he would be better than Gardiner therefore Larsson is the better dman and maybe Voynov. But clearly you can't say this since Gardiner and Faulk played almost the whole season and were the better dmen (I'd actually go with Faulk here cos I like his defensive game more than Gardiner). So why would you say that with RNH? He could have but he didn't.
Oilers fans get really upset about this type of stuff though but they should relax, it's just a trophy...RNH is still the best player offensively even if he doesn't win.
Landeskog wins for me because he didn't miss time, played in all situations and excelled in all of them as well. His game is just more well rounded as he's a better defender, more physical player, was able to handle the NHL beating better and scored more goals. RNH's PPG numbers were great, and if he maintained those numbers while playing every game he likely would've won, but he didn't so he shouldn't.
I was hoping Nuge would pump out a couple 3 point games in the last couple weeks of the season, but Renney thought it was more important to play our geezers 20 mins/night instead. Sorry Nuge, you're just gonna have to make up for it with a huge season next year.
Landeskog will win. Nugent-Hopkins would have needed to out score Landeskog by at least 5 points to overcome Landeskog being a lot better in so many other catagories, and being injured for most of the season.
Will be really nice to see two Kitchener Rangers win a row.