Predicting the Top Candidates for the 2016-17 Calder Trophy

July 29th, 2016 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
The latest NHL draft class offers up an intriguing collection of candidates who will form the focal point of the discussion for the NHL's 2017 Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. 

Of course, rookies in hockey don't have to be 18-year-olds straight out of junior. As detailed by, Calder Trophy candidates must be 26 or younger on September 15 of their season of eligibility. Those eligible players must have also played a maximum of 25 games in the NHL or any other major professional league and have not played six games or more in each of the two previous seasons.

Last season, the age rule got plenty of attention. The NHL's runaway rookie scoring leader was the 24-year-old Artemi Panarin. His years of play in Russia's KHL before he signed with the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent in 2015 did not prevent him from being eligible for the Calder.

According to, 2015 first overall draft pick Connor McDavid, who finished third in voting, was the only player straight out of junior to rank in the top five in 2016 Calder voting.

Second place went to the Shayne Gostisbehere, a college player w ...

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