Prospect Ramblings: A look back at Calder finalists & finding 2017 candidates (Jul 27)

Paul Zwambag

2016-07-28

photo courtesy: nhl.com

Taking a look at the previous six Calder winners and finalists and coming up with a new list for the 2017 season…

 

Predicting the Calder candidates in the summer of the upcoming year is extremely difficult, but with a little bit of research, we can try to play the numbers and see if we can't come up with a few trends that go into the top-5 finalists of the Calder trophy each year. First off we need to have a look at the voting charts, found at hockey-reference.com. Below are the top 5 vote-getters every year for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Below each graph a short paragraph on where guys played before there rookie seasons and how old each player was.

 

2011 CALDER TROPHY VOTES

Place

Player

Age

Tm

Pos

Votes

Vote%

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

1

Jeff Skinner

18

CAR

RW

1055

83.07

71

39

12

4

0

2

Logan Couture

21

SJS

C

908

71.50

41

46

29

10

1

3

Michael Grabner

23

NYI

RW

497

39.13

6

19

37

35

14

4

Corey Crawford

26

CHI

G

336

26.46

6

9

22

28

19

5

John Carlson

21

WSH

D

188

14.80

3

3

16

12

21

Jeff Skinner was drafted the previous year, began his rookie season at 18 years old. Logan Couture played two-thirds of his first pro season in the AHL, then moved to the NHL his second season. Michael Grabner's fourth pro year was his rookie season, his first three were played in the AHL. Corey Crawford was a full-time starter (57gp) during his fourth pro season, which was also his rookie year. John Carlson played two-thirds of his first pro season in the AHL (22gp in NHL). Carlson's rookie season was his second pro year. 

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2012 CALDER TROPHY VOTES

Place

Player

Age

Tm

Pos

Votes

Vote%

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

1

Gabriel Landeskog

19

COL

LW

1383

92.82

116

29

4

0

0

2

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

18

EDM

C

1001

67.18

26

83

22

16

2

3

Adam Henrique

21

NJD

C

620

41.61

3

19

59

50

12

4

Matt Read

25

PHI

RW

546

36.64

3

17

45

51

19

5

Carl Hagelin

23

NYR

LW

88

5.91

0

0

5

9

36

Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were drafted in 2011 and played their first NHL season in 2011-12. Adam Henrique's first profesional year was spent in the AHL and then moved to the NHL in his second full season. Matt Read completed his four years in the NCAA, moving to the AHL at the end of his graduation year. His first full pro year was in the NHL. Carl Hagelin played four full seasons in the NCAA moving over to the AHL at the end of his school year and played five AHL playoff games. He split his first pro year in the AHL and NHL, playing 17 games in the 'A' and 64 games in the NHL.

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2013 CALDER TROPHY VOTES

Place

Player

Age

Tm

Pos

Votes

Vote%

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

1

Jonathan Huberdeau

19

FLA

C

1141

63.74

54

55

26

26

8

2

Brendan Gallagher

20

MTL

RW

1048

58.55

54

44

23

24

13

3

Brandon Saad

20

CHI

LW

730

40.78

30

24

26

34

30

4

Jonas Brodin

19

MIN

D

621

34.69

24

21

32

20

14

5

Nail Yakupov

19

EDM

RW

521

29.11

11

19

29

35

28

2013 is a little different, seeing as it was the lockout year. But still we will look at where the top-5 played previous pro years or who jumped right into the NHL. Jonathan Huberdeau's first pro season was in the NHL, two years after he was drafted. Brendan Gallagher played his first pro year splitting time in the AHL and NHL, (44gp in NHL, 36 gp in AHL), but with the lockout, it is considered a full season in the NHL. Brandon Saad played 46 NHL games (full lockout season) and 31 AHL games his first pro year. Jonas Brodin played two years in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), then played his full rookie season in 2012-13. Nail Yakupov jumped right to the NHL after he was drafted the previous June. 

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2014 CALDER TROPHY VOTES

Place

Player

Age

Tm