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The Calder Trophy; Gaudreau vs. Ekblad vs. Stone

*These are just my predictions, everyone has a different opinion.*

CALDER WINNER:

Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau celebrates his goal during second period NHL hockey action against Anaheim Ducks in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

Johnny Gaudreau; was a force this season for the Calgary Flames and has definitely proven himself worthy of the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the year. He had 64 pts in 80 contests (24g,40a). He defied the odds, being only 5’9. and showed a little Patrick Kane in him for the absolutely ridiculous dekes we saw all season. He definitely has a bright potential with the Flames and in my opinion should win the Calder Trophy this season. His possession numbers are pretty good also, in the offensive zone he is a force to be wreckened with. Behind the net he was good, in the slot he was good, the big line just seemingly knew where each other were all year.

Season Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
80 24 40 64 11 14 8 13 0 0 4 167 .14
SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Owns tremendous instincts in the offensive zone and can generate a ton of offense at lower levels. Skates very well and is extremely creative with the puck.
Flaws: Must overcome significant height and weight disadvantages in order to maximize his scoring prowess at the highest level. Could also stand to be more selfish.
Career Potential: Talented, albeit diminutive scoring winger with good upside.

Advanced Stats: http://stats.hockeyanalysis.com/showplayer.php?pid=1964

Aaron Ekblad, showed why he deserved to be in the NHL this year. Aaron Ekblad set three Florida records for scoring by a rookie defenseman. His 12 goals, 27 assists and 39 points were all franchise bests for a first-year blueliner. Ekblad also finished just two points shy of the NHL record for an 18-year-old defenseman, which was established by his agent Bobby Orr back in 1966-67. Ekblad was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy on Thursday evening and he’s considered by many to be the favorite for the award.

SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Owns a fantastic combination of National Hockey League size and tremendous skating ability. Also has plenty of offensive potential and hockey sense. Shoots the puck with aplomb.
Flaws: Needs to become a bit more physically aggressive in the professional ranks, so as to to carve out his territory and keep opponents honest. Must also resist putting too much pressure on himself.
Career Potential: Big all-round defenseman with huge upside.
Season Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
81 12 27 39 12 32 6 7 0 0 4 170 .0

Advanced Stats: http://stats.hockeyanalysis.com/showplayer.php?pid=1987

3rd Place

April 07, 2015: Ottawa Senators Right Wing Mark Stone (61) [8406] celebrates after scoring the Senators 2nd goal in the 3rd period of the NHL game between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Canadian Tires Centre in Ottawa, ON.

Mark Stone was solid this season, posting 64 points in 80 contests. He was one of the main reasons the Ottawa Senators made the playoffs along with Hammond for the extraordinary run at the end. He made his mark this season and look for more out of Mark Stone.

SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Has great hands and the knowledge to go to prime scoring areas. Is deadly from in close, but also has an accurate shot. Also displays great hockey sense on offense.
Flaws: Needs to make better use of his 6-2 frame, so he’ll need to bulk up for the NHL game. Lacks a nasty streak. Could use more work on his skating and play without the puck.
Career Potential: Cagey scoring winger with upside.
Season Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
80 26 38 64 21 14 5 8 1 0 6 157 .166

Advanced Stats: http://stats.hockeyanalysis.com/showplayer.php?pid=1736

Coleton MacDonald
The Founder of Weliveforhockey.com
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