Each day until the NHL Awards show on June 24, The Gazette will run predictions of who will win certain awards, and who Angelo Stambene thinks should win the award.
Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league’s top rookie
Finalists: Tyler Johnson – Tampa Bay Lightning; Nathan MacKinnon – Colorado Avalanche; Ondrej Palat – Tampa Bay Lightning.
Will win –
18-year-old Nathan MacKinnon led all rookies in scoring during the regular season with 63 points and 39 assists. The number one pick in the draft, MacKinnon helped reinvigorate the Avalanche, and his 24 goals was tied for first, among rookies, with Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Should win – Nathan MacKinnon: No rookie has put up more points, in their first season since 2007-08 when Patrick Kane had 72 points, and 51 assists for the Chicago Blackhawks. MacKinnon tied Jeff Skinner, of the Carolina Hurricanes, who also put up 63 points in his first season (2010-11), one in which he scored 31 goals.