Updated 2015-16 Calder Trophy Ranking After Connor McDavid’s Injury

November 5th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »
Connor McDavid entered the NHL with a lot of hype, but he has delivered early in his career. Through his first 13 games with the Edmonton Oilers, he has scored 12 points, putting him first among all NHL rookies in total offensive production.  

On Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, he suffered an injury, and on Wednesday the Oilers confirmed that he will be out of the lineup for an extended period of time. Edmonton general manager Peter Chiarelli set the timeline at "months" in a press conference addressing the injury.  

It's a blow to the Oilers, to McDavid and to NHL fans who were looking forward to seeing more from a unique player this season.

It also injects uncertainty into the Calder Trophy race for the league's rookie of the year. The 2015-16 freshman class boasts some exceptional talents who, thus far, have been eclipsed to at least some degree by McDavid's work in Edmonton.

Which of those other rookies stands the best chance at claiming the Calder? Let's walk through some of the prime candidates, looking both at their performance to date and some unique factors that make them contenders. 
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