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Mackinnon is 5/2 favorite to win Calder

Jan 6, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT

Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Anaheim Ducks during preseason action at Pepsi Center on September 18, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Ducks defeated the Avalanche 2-1.
(September 17, 2013 - Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

From online sports book Bovada, the latest odds to win the Calder Trophy for the NHL’s rookie of the year:

Nathan MacKinnon (COL) 5/2
Chris Kreider (NYR) 3/1
Hampus Lindholm (ANA) 3/1
Torey Krug (BOS) 7/2
Seth Jones (NAS) 6/1
Sean Monahan (CAL) 17/2
Valeri Nichushkin (DAL) 17/2
Jacob Trouba (WIN) 20/1

MacKinnon, 18, leads all rookies with 26 points in 41 games, including this snipe from Saturday versus the Sharks:

The fact MacKinnon’s the second-youngest player in the NHL (just a day older than Florida’s Aleksander Barkov) might earn him a few votes from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association too. The last three winners of the award have all been teenagers, a trend that doesn’t bode well for older rookies like Torey Krug and Chris Kreider, both of whom are 22 and have spent time in the league prior to this season.

If you’re betting and you want some bang for your buck, you could do worse than Nichushkin at 17/2. The Stars’ 18-year-old forward could easily win the rookie scoring race when all’s said and done.

Related: It’s ‘scary’ how good MacKinnon is already

  1. nysportsrule - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    I hope Kreider wins it, but in all likelihood I see it going to McKinnon

    • hockey412 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Kreider’s been a rookie for like 10 years, though.

    • killerpgh - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      I don’t think Kreider would be considered a rookie anymore either, but still considers him a rookie and I would assume the NHL’s own website would be correct.

      “To be eligible for the award, a player cannot have played more than 25 games in any single preceding season nor in six or more games in each of any two preceding seasons in any major professional league.”

      I’m guessing playoff games don’t count for some reason. In 2011-12 he played in 18 playoff games. In 2012-13 he played in 23 regular season games and 8 playoff games.

      • hockey412 - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:02 AM

        Yep, all that is correct, I’m aware. Was just being facetious.

  2. nysportsrule - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM


  3. sjawesome - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Too bad Hertle is out. He could have given Mackinnon a run for his money

    • sjsblitz - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Its Hertl. Please take the SJ out of your username if you cant get our prized rookies name right

      • sjawesome - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        It autocorrected on my phone. Thanks buddy

  4. btlpper68 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Let’s be real only reason any of these great talents have a chance is cuz duster brown took out hertl

    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      You take it too far, but I was thinking that Hertl would be the clear leader if he hadn’t gotten hurt.

  5. muckleflugga - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Nathan MacKinnon…

    Mac as in mister…Kinnon as in surname


    clan MacKinnon can claim to be one of the Siol Alpin…along with the Macgregors, Macquaries, Grants, Macaulays, and MacFies, they trace their ancestry to King Alpin MacEochaid, 28th King of the Dalriadic Scots…

    Kinnon of Skye…gifted the recipe for drambuie by Bonnie Prince Charlie…a satisfying drink by definition…in the Gaelic…


    Nathan MacKinnon

    King of Calder…prince among the rookies

    no fiction

  6. drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I’d go with Krug, but that’s only because I see him all the time. Of note, though, is that Mackinnon is horrid on faceoffs (39.8%).

    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      He doesn’t have that number on faceoffs? C’mon, you guys aren’t that dumb…right?

      • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Jesus H. Christ, you guys are full of derp.

    • hazlydose - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      In Mackinnon’s defense, most young centers do struggle with faceoffs early in their careers.

  7. valoisvipers - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Watch for Barkov to have a strong second half.I think he is the unmentioned dark horse in this rodeo.

  8. csilojohnson - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Oh darn
    Thought you were going for a Highlander reference muggle.
    Ah maybe next time?

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