Prospect Ramblings: Calder Power Rankings 005

Brayden Olafson

2019-12-19

 

 

If you’re just tuning in to the 2019 Calder Trophy Power Rankings here at DobberProspects, you’ve found us at as good of a time as any. I’ve been excited to use this bi-weekly ramblings platform for this ongoing segment that I’ve found to be a fun way to track the progress of our 2019 NHL rookie class. If you’re interested in how the rankings have progressed over the course of the first couple months of the year, you can find any of the previous editions here: 


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Some of the movement seen in this series of the rankings illustrates that despite us approaching the Christmas holiday, after the top-two, the Calder race continue to be extremely volatile. 

1. D, Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche (-) | 8-20-28

 

 

The Av’s defender had decidedly separated himself from the pack through the first two months of the year. His suspected shoulder injury has held him out for what has now climbed past the five-game mark, however, none of the other rookies have done enough to close the gap in that missed time. 

 

 

2. RW, Victor Olofsson, Buffalo Sabres (-) | 14-16-30

 

 

Buffalo’s invaluable offensive weapon has been one of the few bright spots for the team this year. Since his nervous blip in late October, the Swede has been indisputably the leagues most dangerous rookie forward. He’s the first to surpass the 30-point threshold, something that only 10 other rookie forwards are on pace to do by the end of the season.

 

3. RW, Ilya Mikheyev, Toronto Maple Leafs (+3) | 5-13-18

 

 

Mikheyev’s success as a rookie has been one of the most notable feel-good stories of the 2019-20 slate to this point in the year. His deployment amongst the top-loaded Buds makes his production, especially at even strength all the more impressive. While he might not be noted as one of the flashiest rookies, his versatility in the team’s transition period has been an invaluable resource. 

 

4. D, Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks (-2) | 2-22-24

 

 

Vancouver’s prized defender has quickly elevated his offensive status to that of a top-two defender in the Pacific Division. On pace for a 64-point rookie campaign, Hughes has recorded more than half of his contributions on the man-advantage – a luxury that hasn’t been afforded to many of his rookie rivals. If he sustains this rate of production through to year-end, he’ll likely finish much higher in the final Calder vote.

 

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