There's just no way around it. 7 point lead over Hunter. 1 goal behind him for the rookie goal scoring lead. Who cares how young Bergeron is? the award is for the best ROOKIE not the youngest one doing the best. Ryder is playing unreal hockey since late November. At this point, he MUST be the favorite for the award.
Last edited by Marc the Habs Fan: 01-20-2004 at 08:58 PM.
I really hope he keeps it up, what a deserving award (Calder) for all of the hard work he has done since making the Hull Oympiques as a walk on to making to the NHL.
Great stuff Ryder!
He is the model your prospects should be looking at if you are a late round pick or any pick for that matter. It takes a player with his courage, heart and never say die attitud that gets you where he is today.
All you boys in Hamilton, the ECHL, CHL and over in Europe look at Ryder and learn to play with a love of the game...it may get you there someday too!
Ryder truly is awesome, he is playing with more and more intensity every game. Too bad about the stupid rule of not playing in the Young Guns game just because he has had two pro contracts. He is only 23yrs. old and he is still a rookie. Isn't that what the Young Guns game is all about, show casing the up and coming talent in the NHL, showing the fans the young players to go to the rink and watch. Ryder is one of the best ( if not the best ) rookie in the NHL and the fans of the NHL deserve to see him in that game. Is there anyway us Habs fans can start a movement of some sorts towards the NHL to try and get them to waive this rule? Maybe an e-mail blitz or something!!!
yep last year Jackman won the Calder so the league also consider d-mans . But i think Jackman was a bit superior last than Pitkanen this year
I agree he pretty much stepped in there and took over for the absence of Pronger. He was a very valuable player to the team the same as Ryder is to the Habs. With or without Hunter the Isles would be doing how they are, but Ryder gives the Habs stabilty on their top two lines making a difference overall. And Pitkanen is good, but with Johnnson, Desjardins, Therrian and now Markov he was never the top 4 man.
I think the precedent was set when Makarov won the calder in 1990. I think he was 32.
Yes, I know. I was just adding the Bergeron part because many are saying he should win because he's doing well at 18 compared to the others who are older but like Ryder are doing better. Age shouldn't have anything to do with who wins IMO, it's the best ROOKIE period.
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Ryder's my favorite to win it. Though there can be strong cases made for both Raycroft and Pitkanen.
Ryder picked up three points last night in Montreal's 4-1 surprise win over Phili in 13:16 on the ice, and he was a +2 with 2 shots. On the season, this gives him 14-and-22-for-36, 5 of those goals coming on the PP, and is a +6 on the year. Pretty impressive stats for a player drafted in the 8th round (216th overall) in the 1998 draft, I'd say.
If Raycroft is eligible, he'd be a very close competition
Ryder: 36 pts (14 goals, 22 assists) and +6 in 47 games
Raycroft: 15W - 10L - 6T 2SO, GAA 2.00 and SV% .928
Both players are excelling in their current positions but honestly, I think Raycroft might be providing more to his team than Ryder is but that's just my opinion based on the value of goaltenders. If both players keep their pace, I would think it will be a pretty close vote on the Calder trophy. If one of them drops off in production, then the trophy will probably go to the other. If Ryder manages 25-30 goals, I would definately give him the Calder as the last player to get 30 or more was Selanne in '93. Heatley had 26 in '02 and Alfredsson had 26 in '96.
Still, it's really encouraging to see that we might have another Calder winner since the last one was Dryden 32 years ago.
Edit: corrected the listing of Dryden's Calder trophy
Last edited by StanleyCH25: 01-21-2004 at 12:15 PM.