Breaking Down the NHL’s 2015 Calder Trophy Candidates

June 12th, 2015 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers, Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators are the three finalists for the Calder Trophy that is awarded to the NHL's top rookie, reported by the league's official site, and there's been a lot of debate over who should win the award.

Initially, there was some outrage about the oversight of Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators, but a playoff hat trick helped defuse the situation to a degree. There are certainly cases to be made for each youngster, but who should walk away with the trophy?


Snapshot of Each Candidate

Aaron Ekblad

The Panthers rearguard appeared in 81 games and finished with 39 points. His rookie year was no cakewalk, and the 2014 No. 1 overall draft pick averaged 21:49 a game.

What was impressive about Ekblad's season was his ability to generate offense at even strength, and 26 of his 39 points came in even-strength situations. He also had a Corsi percentage of 53.9 on a team with a collective total was 50.7.

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