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Poll: Who will win the 2012 Calder Trophy?

Apr 20, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

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As mentioned earlier, the NHL announced its nominees for rookie of the year on Friday: New Jersey’s Adam Henrique, Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog and Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

It’s another talented group of offensive stars, reminiscent to last year’s trio of forwards nominated for the award: San Jose’s Logan Couture, New York Islanders’ Michael Grabner and Carolina’s Jeff Skinner, the eventual winner.

Here’s quick rundown of the case for each of the 2012 nominees…

– Henrique holds the distinct advantage of contributing to a playoff team. His play after injuries to Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson sparked the Devils, including his veteran linemates on New Jersey’s top unit — Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk. New Jersey finished with 102 points, tied with Boston and Detroit for seventh-most in the NHL.

– Landeskog received huge praise for being the most complete player in this year’s rookie class, which included a verbal Calder vote from Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.

“He’s the best rookie in the league this year,” the Vancouver coach said in late March. “In my mind, there are some other good rookies but he plays like a man right now and has a lot of skill to back it up.”

– Many have suggested Nugent-Hopkins would be the runaway winner if not for his shoulder injuries. They cost him 20 games in the second half of the season — prior to that, he won the Rookie of the Month award twice and became the fourth-ever 18-year-old in NHL history to record five assists in a single game.

So, let’s put it to a vote…

  1. capitanseyth88 - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    matt read.

    • kingmiedus - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      Agreed. How wasn’t he a finalist? Philly as a team should’ve won the calder trophy, crazy production from rookies this year.

    • renberg19 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      I’m astonished that Matt Read isn’t on this list. He had 8 more goals than Adam Henrique, 5 more goals than Nugent-Hopkins, and 2 more goals than Gabriel Landeskog. He didn’t have as many assists, as those three players – but I guess goals aren’t as important as assists to a team’s win total. Right Edmonton and Colorado?

      • tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        I don’t think Read deserves the trophy and he’s definitely not above Nuge or Landeskog, but I’m sure his age plays a factor. He’s 25 up against teenagers. I don’t agree with this sentiment, but I think the same issue plagued Jimmy Howard’s hope for the Calder.

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Oh Wait, who told all you Philly fans that Read would not get nominated?

      Told you the rest of the hockey world was not that impressed with Read when compared to the rest of the candidates.
      Oh how the Philly fans cried and laughed at the suggestion.

      Well?
      Do yas like apples?

      Bubble dweelers

  2. lsxphotog - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Sean Couturier…seriously left off the list. I find that interesting.

  3. jwaz8 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Ya I don’t get how read was left out. Coots is a little more understandable because he’s more defensive minded. Not that it’s a good reason, but at least there is one. Read, on the other hand, got snubbed

  4. canadian94 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Can’t take playoff into consideration aka Sean. It’s gotta be Nuuuuuuge, tied landeskog for top rookie point (52) in 20 less games and was only a -2 on one of the worst teams in the NHL. Look at overall performance for the time played (which was more then enough for nudge) and he’s the best rookie bar none

  5. canadian94 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Cros puts up 120 in 06-07 (36G and 84 apples), lecav puts up 108 (52G and 56 assists) does more goals mean he’s more valuable? There is something to be said about individual preform acne but making the players around you better is the true sign of value aka why Steve Nash racked of NBA mvp’s and why cros won the Hart

  6. canadian94 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Gotta love autocorrect

  7. quonce - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Henrique. Filled a monster hole left by zajac and team played in toughest division in all of hockey on a team typically not known for offense. Only one of the three still playing, and I don’t want hear, “that’s because of his team”. Many had the Devils missing the playoffs preseason, and once Zajac went down, many more had them without a chance. Then steps up this rookie. It’s Henrique.

  8. captaincanuck84 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    First off, it’s laughable people are Complaining couturier is not nominated. He had 27pts on the year. A contributor to the team, yes, but nowhere near the Calder trophy.
    As for Read, good year but he is 25, had 5 less pts than landeskog and nugent Hopkins while playing 17 more games than nugent Hopkins with almost identical icetime where he was not attracting the oppositions top checkers and d-men.

    This one would be a nugent Hopkins slam-dunk if he didn’t miss 20 games but I think he still deserves the Calder for the year he had

  9. bcjim - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    25 just is not a rookie. If Selanne (humor me) went for some reason to the KHL next year, should he be eligible for their ROY? Of course not.

    • bcjim - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Also didn’t this come up with Grabner last year? And what happened to him? 20g? ok, 12A? Does he ever pass?

      The point is give it to an up and comer, not a one hit wonder.

    • renberg19 - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Dumb comment. A rookie can be 30, if his first full season in the NHL is during this time.

      • bcjim - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

        Dumber comment. This is not “best career AHLer who finally sticks” its best young player who meets certain criteria. You dont hand out awards on technicalities…”well, he is technically a rookie”….that doesnt cut it.

  10. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    And ya, like I told yas, it won’t be a close vote
    Gabe will win easily

    And is the most complete package rookie I have seen since Forsberg.
    He will be the Captain of the Avs soon, next year soon.
    Hits, Blocks shots, Drives to the nets, can finish and set them up, back-checks.

    Forsberg clone

  11. bagjr387 - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    i vote landeskog…..he single handedly stole a point from my sabres when the sabres desperately needed them

  12. bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    My opinion only. I think Landeskog will win the Calder. Reason being is that he is more of a complete player than of the two others that are on the list. I haven.t watched Henrique more than 2 games this year but I have watched Nugent Hopkins play alot also Landeskog. RNH will probable score more goals than all the others but he can.t play the defensive part of the game very good. Landeskog is by far the better rookie. From a Canuck Fan that also pulls for the Oilers. sorrry Oilers.

  13. captaincanuck84 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    @renberg19
    While you are right, if a 30 year old in your first season you are a rookie. However, you are a rookie not eligible for the Calder trophy. To be eligible you must be under 26 by September 15 of your rookie season. So Read does qualify for eligibility, just barely, but didnt do enough to warrant consideration.

    Do your homework next time before spouting off like a “dumb” homer!!

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