The NHL announced today that Connor McDavid, Shayne Gostisbehere and Artemi Panarin as finalists for the NHL’s award for the best rookie, the Calder Memorial Trophy.
The 1st overall selection at the 2015 NHL Entry draft was Connor McDavid. He burst onto the scene in Edmonton where he had 12 points in 13 games. His season however, hit a major road block when he had a scary collision into the boards while the Oilers played the Philadelphia Flyers. McDavid had suffered a broken clavicle and was put on IR for 3 months. In his first game back, he scored a highlight reel goal along with 2 assists against Columbus. McDavid had 11 multi point games along with a 5-point game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 19-year-old finished the year with 48 points in 45 games. He finished 3rd in the NHL for point per game behind only Patrick Kane and Jamie Benn.
The Ghost. The nickname of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere took Philly and the league by storm this season. Along with his name, his talent took the league as well. Taken 78th overall by the Flyers in the 2012 Entry Draft, Gostisbehere had 7 points in 10 games. The points wouldn’t slow down from there. Gostisbehere would go on to tally 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games for the Flyers. 5 of those goals being game winners. The anchor on the Flyers powerplay helped Philadelphia secure a playoff spot in this years Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 23-year-old had 22 power play points. Gostisbehere led all rookie defenseman in points.
The sought after foreign free agent from this off season. When signed by the Hawks, a lot of people saw it as a depth signing. Little did they know the 24-year-old would be a vital part of their top 6. Panarin led the rookie scoring race by a mile scoring with 77 points in 80 games, which was good enough for 10th in league scoring. Panarin, playing alongside Art Ross trophy winner Patrick Kane and fellow Russian countryman Artem Anisimov. Panarin scored his first career NHL hat trick against the Rangers on February 17th. He also recorded back to back 4 point nights against Winnipeg and Boston in April.
The NHL awards will be held on June 22nd, 2016 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.