Prospect Ramblings: Calder Power Rankings 007

Brayden Olafson

2020-01-18

 

Welcome back for another edition of the Calder Power Rankings. Through the first half of January, injuries continue to impact the rankings. With Ilya Mikheyev’s injury holding him out of the Leafs’ lineup for several more months, he’s essentially been eliminated from any kind of contention.

 

For a look at any of the previous revisions of the Calder Power Rankings, check out the following links:


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1. D, Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche (-) | 9-24-33

 

Makar has once again galloped clearly ahead of the heard since returning from injury. His even-strength production combined with an increasingly difficult quality of competition makes the 21-year-old the undisputed Calder favorite with two months to go. 

 

2. D, Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks (+1) | 4-28-32

 

The biggest hurdle preventing Hughes from gaining traction and narrowing the gap between he and Cake Makar is his lack of even-strength production. Despite their very similar total production, Hughes has a 35% lower rate of production at 5-on-5 than Makar. Scale that over an entire season and we’re looking at a nearly 30-point difference at even strength. 

 

3. D, John Marino, Pittsburgh Penguins (+1) | 4-19-23

 

The sleeper pick of the season is one that nobody saw coming. John Marino continues to climb the rankings thanks to his consistent production alongside Marcus Pettersson on the Penguins’ second pair. He’s also faced the Penguins’ toughest competition and filled the void in ice time left by Brian Dumoulin. 

 

4. D, Adam Fox, New York Rangers (+4) | 6-20-26

 

A two-week run of X points and seven points has helped Adam Fox to nearly leapfrogging fellow defenseman John Marino in the Power Rankings. His point per game pace comes despite no increase in even-strength or power play deployment and a 10% dip in offensive zone starts. 

 

5. RW, Victor Olofsson, Buffalo Sabres (-3) | 16-19-35

 

The most recent injury casualty among players jockeying for a spot in the Calder race, Victor Olofsson had been making a legitimate case for a spot in the final voting. His production has been consistent and with an estimated return only a couple of weeks away, he remains the best forward in the race. 

 

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