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Colorado’s Landeskog wins Calder Trophy

Jun 20, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

Gabriel Landeskog AP

After finishing tied for the rookie scoring lead (52 points) and second in goals (22), Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog captured the Calder Trophy at Wednesday night’s NHL Awards show.

The 19-year-old Swede beat out fellow rookies Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton) and Adam Henrique (New Jersey) for the honor. Landeskog did it on the strength of his plus-20 rating (tops among all Colorado players) while averaging 18:36 of ice time, most among all first-year forwards.

He was also one of just four rookies to average more than 1:20 per game on both the penalty kill and power play.

This marks the second straight season rookie of the year has gone to a forward. Last year, Carolina’s Jeff Skinner captured the award after posting 31G-32A-63PTS as an 18-year-old.

Landeskog becomes just the second Colorado player to ever win the award — the first was Chris Drury in 1999. Of course, the franchise did celebrate a pair of Calders while in Quebec: Peter Forsberg won it in 1995 and Peter Stastny won it in 1981.

  1. tjv027 - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Do they pick these before the playoffs? I know these are regular season awards, but it’s tough for me to think that Henrique’s postseason didn’t solidify what I thought was his position at the top of the pack.

    • violettdesire - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      Yeah, the voting takes place before the postseason begins. Playoffs don’t factor into Calder voting.

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    He also was 19th in the league in hits with 219, Henrique 83
    Complete package

  3. mclovinhockey - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    I love the Avs but I gotta agree I think henrique was better

  4. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Every year the quality of Calder candidates goes up a little more. I think it goes to show just how much younger players are learning “professional” hockey. I myself liked Henrique (he’s got the hockey sense and makeup of Toews written all over him) the most of the 3- that said the talent between the 3 players was more or less even, and a case could’ve been made for any of them to win.

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