Prospect Ramblings: Calder Power Rankings 010

Brayden Olafson




Welcome back for another edition of the Calder Power Rankings. 


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1. D, Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche (-) | 12-35-47



Cale Makar is holding on to the top spot by a thread. The rookie defender has remained consistent while healthy throughout his first NHL slate and has a scoring rate higher than any rookie defender in the modern-day NHL including greats like Nick Lindstrom, and Bryan Berard. Hughes is hot on his tail in many aspects and has outplayed him by some standards. For now, he remains at number one, but this is the closest the two have been since kicking off the season.  



2. D, Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks (-) | 8-43-51



Each week I find myself closer and closer to bumping Hughes ahead of Makar in these rankings. What Hughes has been capable of on a team that hasn’t been consistently competitive throughout the year is significant, but I’m still having a hard time giving that more value than what Makar has consistently done at even strength. No matter what, this one is going to come down to the wire. 



3. LW, Dominik Kubalik, Chicago Blackhawks (+1) | 29-15-44



The 24-year-old Czech has been one of the stand-out bright spots in Chicago this year, and an outstanding find for their scouting team. Only one other rookie has done what the Blackhawks forward is on pace to do this year, and that was Auston Matthews, who also eclipsed the 37-goal mark as a rookie. Kubalik has found success predominantly at five-on-five and played a strong defensive game as well. As snipers go, he’s as well rounded as they come, and that’s not just considering rookies. Over-aged players like him don’t come around often. 




4. LW, Victor Olofsson, Buffalo Sabres (+8) | 19-21-40