NHL Calder Trophy Rankings

Cody Phillips, Writer

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1. Elias Pettersson (C) Vancouver Canucks

Pettersson currently leads all rookies in scored goals with eight points. These eight points consist of five goals and three assists. Pettersson was highly touted coming into this year, but no one expected him to start off this well. Unfortunately for Canuck fans, Pettersson got hurt after a late hit, and will be out for about a week as of Oct. 17, 2018.

 

2. Brady Tkachuk (LW) Ottawa Senators

Tkachuk had a slow start to the season, but by game four, he turned it around, leading the Senators to a 3-2-1 start, which has shocked the NHL community. The Senators were expected to be the worst team in the league.

 

3. Maxime Lajoie (D) Ottawa Senators

Lajoie gets on this list as the second Ottawa player. He fills in the spot left by Erik Karlsson. Lajoie has four goals and three assists for seven points total in six games.

 

4. Max Comtois (LW) Anaheim Ducks

Comtois was a shock addition to this list. I never expected him to make the NHL this early, especially as a second round pick; however, Comtois currently has six points in seven games on the Ducks’ first line.

 

5. Warren Foegele (LW) Carolina Hurricanes

Foegele was a 2014 third round pick for Carolina. He currently has five goals in seven games on Carolina’s second line.

 

6. Henri Jokiharju (D) Chicago Blackhawks

Jokiharju is another semi-surprising candidate. He was a 2017 first round pick, but he was expected to take more time developing. He has five assists and zero goals in five games.

 

7. Brett Howden (C) New York Rangers

Howden had a brother who played with the Panthers. He was a first round pick for the Lightning. He has four points in seven games.

 

8. Martin Necas (C) Carolina Hurricanes

Necas has two points in seven games.

 

9. Jean-Sebastien Dea (C) New Jersey Devils

Dea won a cup with the Penguins; however, he now plays for the Devils as a rookie. He currently has three points in four games.

 

10. Andrei Svechnikov (RW)

Andrei was the second overall pick in 2018. He currently has four points in seven games.

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