What Would It Take for Connor McDavid to Win the Calder Trophy?

February 3rd, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

Connor McDavid’s return to NHL action on Tuesday night was spectacular. He picked up three points in the Edmonton Oilers’ thrashing of the Columbus Blue Jackets, including a spectacular goal during which he went through what felt like the entire Columbus roster.

It’s a sign of what might have been for both McDavid and the Oilers had a broken collarbone not knocked him out of the lineup for nearly half the season.

It was such a strong performance, in fact, that it’s worth asking whether McDavid’s Calder Trophy hopes are in fact totally dead.

This is such a good player that it’s dangerous to assume there is anything he can't do, so instead of arbitrarily saying he can’t win the Calder Trophy, a better approach is to take a look at the other top rookies in the NHL this year, project how they’re likely to finish the season and then determine how good McDavid would need to be over the remaining games to beat them.

It makes sense to start with Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks, the league’s leading rookie scorer.

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