2021 Calder Candidates – Atlantic Division

Brayden Olafson



Despite the NHL continuing to hold on to the 2019-20 season by a thread, the year’s Calder Trophy race is all but made official. Between Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes, the award has largely been a two-horse race since November, with a couple of other players jockeying in the distance for third place.  


Looking forward to the 2020-21 campaign, the race will begin anew with an entirely fresh and eager class of rookies having their eyes set on the Calder Trophy. The class will no doubt have favorites, but today I want to begin the broad discussion of who, from each team could contend. While we often discuss each NHL organizations’ top prospects, that player is sometimes not the team’s most NHL ready, but rather, the player with the best long-term ceiling. Beginning with the Atlantic Division, over the next few weeks of NHL hiatus, we’ll dig into each NHL organizational depth chart and discuss which player might be each team’s best shot at the 2021 Calder Trophy. 


*Disclaimer* Pending the 2020 NHL draft results, these Organizational Calder favorites could change. There are, however, likely only three or four players from the 2020 NHL draft who will play a full-time role in the NHL next season.


First off, the most important thing to note is that in order for a player to be eligible for the Calder Trophy, players must not have played more than 25 regular-season games in any one season preceding the current one. They also must not have played more than six games in any two seasons preceding the current one. Finally, the winner must be no older than 26 by September 15th of their rookie season. 


Boston Bruins – Jack Studnicka

Despite finding themselves picking in the latter half of the first round for nearly a decade, the Boston Bruins have done extremely well to identify and d