Welcome back for another edition of the Calder Power Rankings. As we make our way into the New Year (and apparently decade… that seems to be a big deal), the rankings are becoming more impacted by injuries and certain players’ mid-season surges. The top of the rankings have been relatively consistent since the beginning of the year, but Cale Makar’s upper-body injury and Ilya Mikheyev’s wrist injury could be the beginning of some instability.
For a look at any of the previous revisions of the Calder Power Rankings, check out the following links:
1. D, Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche (-) | 8-21-29
Makar’s cushion was enough to sustain his status among rookies despite a three-week absence from the Avalanche. The Av’s have been on a skid as of late, and unfortunately, Makar hasn’t been the key in turning those tides. He hasn’t played exceptionally well, but he’s done enough in the early part of the year to earn our optimism for a rebound.
2. RW, Victor Olofsson, Buffalo Sabres (-) | 16-18-34
Amongst the storm of a competitive rookie crop, Olofsson’s impact on the Sabres’ success hasn’t wavered since his struggles in October. He was named the NHL’s rookie of the month for December and has the wind strongly in his sails. If Makar isn’t able to rebound quickly, there’s no question that the Sabre forward is eager to take over the top spot.
3. D, Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks (+1) | 3-25-28
Hughes has continued to produce consistently for the Canucks’ all the while, maintaining a reliable defensive game. He plays with an awareness of the impact that his actions have on the teams’ success and more often than not, his actions have a positive impact.
4. D, John Marino, Pittsburgh Penguins (+4) | 4-14-18
Day by day, John Marino is continuing to make Ken Holland look terrible. The former Harvard defenseman is clipping along at a rate of production higher than ever in his NCAA career. His confidence is sky high and the Penguins are laughing.
5. C/RW, Martin Necas, Carolina Hurricanes (-) | 9-13-22
A more consistent effort will be required of Necas in order to hold down his place in the top-five for much longer. The Carolina rookie has cooled off since the end of November but obviously has the ability to be extremely impactful.