Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Calder finalists

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and a pair of Chicago Blackhawks — right wing Patrick Kane and center Jonathan Toews — are the three finalists for the Calder Trophy in 2007-08, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," the National Hockey League announced today.

This marks the second consecutive season in which two players from the same club are Calder Trophy finalists. In 2006-07, the Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal finished first and third, respectively, in the voting.
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I know some might be up in arms that Carey Price didn't get more votes, but that's a function of how many games he played more than anything.

Good choices, overall. This will be a very tight vote.
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9 Comments:

At 2:44 PM, April 23, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) It was Towes to lose until he got hurt. We believe that Kane will now get the nod as he scored more goals and many believe(incorrectly) that Backstrom's numbers were inflated by playing with the expected Hart winner, Ovechkin.

 
At 2:56 PM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Costa said...

I think Backstrom will win it. Any one of those three has a decent argument.

I'm fine with Carey Price not making the cut. He was only a starter for about a third of the season.

 
At 3:20 PM, April 23, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Kiprusoff was a Vezina finalist in 2003-04 playing in less games than Carey did this year, and in reality, 42 GP as a goalie is at least equal to 64 GP as a skater (which is what Toews played).

Tough choices for the voters, but I do think that line of thinking is incorrect. If Price played too little, than Toews did as well.

 
At 3:31 PM, April 23, 2008, Anonymous trophiesareforkids said...

Quick, name the rookie of the year in 1975. tick, tick, tick...

Now, who won the Stanley Cup that year?

 
At 4:05 PM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Bruce said...

It's one question as to who was the best rookie. But an intriguing question is always, who among them will have the biggest long-term impact? It's easy to visualize outstanding careers for Toews, Backstrom and Price in particular, with Kane, Gagner and Mueller possible big-time scorers and Erik Johnson a future stud defenceman. A deep enough crop that there isn't enough room on the 2007-08 All-Rookie Team.

Backstrom won me over during the Flyers' series. He is a beauty player whose strength on the puck along the boards and ability to make stuff happen from there is reminiscent of Forsberg or Trottier at a similar age. Like those guys, Backstrom impressed me with his defensive play as well.

There's something special happening in Washington. I'm sorely disappointed that their storybook season came to a crashing halt and especially that the Capitals-Penguins series didn't materialize. The Caps played very attractive go-for-it hockey from the moment Boudreau arrived. I thought they were the better club last night (and that Backstrom was outstanding), but none of the decisions went their way to put it mildly.

 
At 4:05 PM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Bruce said...

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At 4:11 PM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Costa said...

Quick, name the rookie of the year in 1975. tick, tick, tick...

Now, who won the Stanley Cup that year?


I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish with this comment. Are you saying winning the Stanley Cup is more important than the ROY? Well, OK then, but what does that have to do with this discussion?

 
At 4:19 PM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Costa said...

If Price played too little, than Toews did as well.

Not so much that he played too little to be eligible, but that it was a factor working against him. If we consider that the missed time for both Price and Toews is equivalent, which seems logical, then if we compare what we have, it's fair to give the nod to Toews over Price.

Anyway, we're pretty much quibbling over who's gonna be the third nominee when either Backstrom or Kane will win, which is a pretty irrelevant topic. I'd venture a prediction that both Toews and Price have better futures than Kane and Backstrom, but the Calder is meant to reward this season's body of work, so either Kane or Backstrom should be the front-runners based on the superior playtime.

 
At 6:36 PM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish with this comment. Are you saying winning the Stanley Cup is more important than the ROY? Well, OK then, but what does that have to do with this discussion?

I think he's trying to say that no one will remember this thirty years from now, so it's probably not the most important thing to be arguing in the middle of the playoffs. If that's how you want to interpret it, I guess that's your call.

And it was Eric Vail of the Atlanta Flames -- a relatively forgettable entry bookmarked between Denis Potvin ('74) and Bryan Trottier ('76).

 

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