The Chase for NHL Rookie of the Year

March 18th, 2010 by Frank Castaldi Leave a reply »
Coming into this NHL season, John Tavares and Victor Hedman were drawing most of the attention in the rookies department.

Those two, the first two draft picks of 2009, along with "The Monster" Jonas Gustavsson who was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs to compete with Vesa Toskala between the pipes, were the most likely candidates to earn the Calder trophy.

So now that the season is driving through its final stretch, there's no surprise that a goalie, a forward, and a defensemen are amongst the discussions for the Rookie of the Year—but it's not those three.

Either Matt Duchene from Colorado, Jimmy Howard of the Red Wings, or Tyler Myers the gigantic blueliner from the Sabres are most likely going to bring home the award this season.

We'll start with Howard from Detroit.

The Red Wings have clawed their way back into the playoffs as they currently sit in the eighth spot, one point ahead of the Calgary Flames. If they do hold on, and make the playoffs like they have for the past 18 years, Howard would be one of the main reasons.

Since he was drafted in the second round in 2003 from the University of Maine, H ...

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