Over the summer we spoke about the Calder nominees and the rookies who would make an impact on their respective NHL team. Now, we are a month and two weeks in the NHL season and the Calder talk has changed in a sense.
Clayton Keller, the Coyotes forward is right now the forefront of the Calder talk, with his early start to the season Keller has landed on many people’s radars as the Calder favorite. On the year, Keller has 10 goals, 6 assists, and 3 power play points. Usually, the Calder deals with just player statistics and not the team’s success so Keller is looking to be a shoe-in at this point.
Charlie McAvoy, the Bruins have been a borderline .500 team all season and in the beginning of the year, McAvoy was listed on the third d-pairing, therefore, his Calder contention was bleak and unknown, but we all did expect him to be in the running. Well fast forward a month through the season and McAvoy is slotted on the first d-pairing and second power-play unit. McAvoy on the year has 1 goal, 7 assists, and 3 power play points.
Brock Boeser, the Canucks seem to really love Boeser, and it has shown that they use this guy for just about anything. Boeser though did, in fact, miss some time this season and was out for only three games but still, the numbers he is posting right now those three games would be helpful for his Calder consideration. Boeser has 5 goals, 8 assists and 5 power play points on the year. I cannot imagine seeing this guy slowing down anytime soon, if healthy, he will play an immediate role in this teams success all year.
Mikhail Sergachev, the Lightning have stormed out the gates and it seems so has Sergachev. The trade seems to pay off well for the Lightning as Sergachev has played that top four role very well and with plenty of production on his end. This was not a player I had in the Calder talk earlier in the summer because I had no idea what he was going to be doing, whether it was developing in Juniors or playing right away. On the year Sergachev has 4 goals, 8 assists, and 5 power play points.
Matt Barzal, No one and I mean no one had this guy on the Calder talk, I think many expected him to play at the NHL level in the beginning of the season than be dropped down to the AHL system, but it seems Barzal is here to stay and has made an impact on this Islanders offense. Last night vs Colorado, Barzal tallied five assists most from a rookie since Ryan Nugent Hopkins. Barzal seems to be playing that center role well for the Islanders and unless he pulls a Ryan Strome and falls off the face of the earth he will be with the Islanders all year. Barzal has 3 goals, 10 assists, and 4 power play points.