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Panthers’ Huberdeau wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Jun 15, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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Jonathan Huberdeau is at the top of the National Hockey League’s rookie class for 2013.

Huberdeau, the Florida Panthers’ first-year center, was named the winner of the Calder Trophy is the league’s top rookie, after scoring 14 goals and 31 points in the 48-game lockout-shortened season.

Huberdeau beat out Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens and Brandon Saad of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gallagher, at the age of 21 and at a generous 5’9″ tall, gained notoriety as a scrappy forward, despite perhaps at times underwhelming size, with 15 goals and 28 points in 44 games.

He also scored twice in five playoff games for the Habs.

Saad, however, has more important things to worry about – like Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, as the Blackhawks look to take a 2-0 series lead on the Boston Bruins.

With the win, Huberdeau becomes the first Florida Panther to ever take home the Calder.

Calder Trophy Top 10 voting

(1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place votes in parentheses)

1. Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA 1141 (54-55-26-26-8)

2. Brendan Gallagher, MTL 1048 (54-44-23-24-13)

3. Brandon Saad, CHI 730 (30-24-26-34-30)

4. Jonas Brodin, MIN 621 (24-21-32-20-14)

5. Nail Yakupov, EDM 521 (11-19-29-35-28)

6. Cory Conacher, OTT 232 (4-6-16-15-25)

7. Justin Schultz, EDM 115 (2-2-7-9-19)

8. Jake Muzzin, L.A. 88 (0-2-8-6-16)

9. Alex Galchenyuk, MTL 69 (0-4-4-5-6)

10. Brenden Dillon, DAL 22 (0-1-1-2-4)

  1. 19to77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Underwhelming size “at times”? What, did Gallagher get taller when it mattered, Cam?

  2. hockeyfan28 - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Think in about 3 years Alex Galchenyuk will be the best of this bunch

  3. andyreidisfat - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    IMO yakupov is going to be the best of the group but the Florida kid was very good on a very bad team and he deserved it.

    More than that though looking at this list and around the NHL at all the young talent it makes me happy to see jockeys future looks very bright. I would love to see the NHL go to the international rink size so we can see these players really do what they do best without clogged up ice space. The players are all just to fast and big for this ice surface.

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Brodin is going to be the best defenseman, if not best player in this group. He is only 19 years old, which I believe makes him the youngest player in this group.

    He’s already playing over 23 minutes per game which lead all rookies in ice time.

    I wonder had the NHL played a full season with a full schedule how the voting would have changed.

    The Wild did play 14 of their 24 road road games that started at 9:00 on the east coast or later, including 8 of them, which is 25% of their games were 10:00 eastern starts or later.

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