Thursday, September 18, 2008

Calder Trophy predictions

It's time to list the best Calder Trophy candidates among the 2008-09 rookie crop. I hope this list helps you pick a few sleepers in your hockey pools.

1. Steven Stamkos TB C 82 games 32 G 35 A 67 points (Should have a Kane-like season)
2. Kyle Turris PHX C 77 games 25 G 35 A 60 points (Will center the Yotes 2nd line)
3. Nikita Filatov CBS LW 75 games 27 G 30 A 57 points (Has lot of upside, but he has to make the team first)
4. Kyle Okposo NYI RW 76 games 23 G 31 A 54 points (Will have plenty of ice-time, but on a low scoring team)
5. TJ Oshie STL C 80 games 20 G 33 A 53 points (Will center the Blues 2nd line)
6. Jakub Voracek CBS RW 80 games 17 G 35 52 points (Very talented winger, will likely play on the 2nd line with Brassard)
7. Mikkel Boedker PHX RW 80 games 20 G 30 A 50 points (Meshed well with Turris in traning camp, should they play together he'll hit 50 points)
8. Kevin Porter PHX RW 82 games 25 G 23 A 48 points (Should play on the 2nd or 3rd line)
9. Fabian Bunnstrom DAL RW 77 games 15 G 33 A 48 points (Late bloomer, should play top-6 minutes)
10. Claude Giroux PHI RW 70 games 22 G 25 A 47 points (Should start on the 3rd line and will not get much PP time)
11. Bobby Ryan ANA RW 75 games 25 G 20 A 45 points (Will play on the Ducks 2nd line, his 1st full-season)
12. Patrick Hornqvist NSH RW 77 games 23 G 22 A 45 points (Will take Radulov's on the 2nd line)
13. Shawn Matthias FLA C 77 games 20 G 23 A 43 points (Will center the Panthers 2nd line, but on a low scoring team)
14. Janne Pesonen PIT LW 72 games 17 G 25 A 42 points (Should he play with Malkin, his upside will be through the roof)
15. Pettri Kontiola CHI C 72 games 10 G 30 A 40 points (Should center the 2nd line now that Lang got traded)
16. Nikolai Kulemin TOR LW 75 games 22 G 17 A 39 points (A good goal scorer who will plenty of ice-time with the Leafs)
17. Derrick Brassard CBS C 70 games 15 G 23 A 38 points (If he can avoid the injury bug, he'll have a great rookie year)
18. Ville Leino DET LW 66 games 12 G 25 A 37 points (Detroit's depth will affect his offensive statistics)
19. Jack Hillen NYI D 75 games 7 G 30 A 37 points (Should be a top-4 d-man with NYI, and play on the 2nd PP unit)
20. Patrick Berglund STL C 78 games 16 G 20 A 36 points (Will center the Blues 3rd line and get some PP time)
21. Teddy Purcell LA RW 75 games 10 G 19 A 34 points (Will get top-6 minutes in LA, but on a low scoring team)
22. Michael Frolik FLA RW 65 games 12 G 20 A 32 points (Will have every chance to make the Panthers on theird 3rd line)
23. Brian Lee OTT D 78 games 7 G 21 A 28 points (Redden's departure will allow Lee to get more ice time, especially on the PP)
24. Drew Doughty LA D 80 games 6 G 20 A 26 points (If he makes the Kings, he'll log pklenty of ice time)
25. Zack Bogosian ATL D 77 games 5 G 19 A 24 points (The Thrashers being very thin on the blue line, they will need a strong season from him)

Other rookies worth mentioning: Bryan Boyle LA, Erik Ersberg LA, Alex Pietrangelo STL, Alex Goligoski PIT, Jack Skille CHI, Alex Nikulin OTT, Brandon Sutter CAR, Ryan Parent PHI, Cody Bass OTT, Karl Azner WSH, Thomas Hickey LA, Blake Wheeler BOS, Jonathan Bernier LA, Nathan Gerbe BUF, Jesse Winchester OTT, Drayson Bowman CAR, Cody Hodgson VAN

Feel free to comment on this list as it's not perfect.


Anonymous said...

LA is a low scoring team? News to me.

kevin said...

yes a low scoring team. generous to hillen but even if hes on the team he'll prolly go 5 or 6 goals and like 24-27 assists

kevin said...

o and filatov may not even play but i think okposo will do better

Anonymous said...

a real darkhorse for the calder this season may be Jesse Winchester of the Senators...he's playing on the top line with Spezza and Heatley early in training camp thus far. If he can stick with them, he should be good for 50-70 pts....

kevin said...


Anonymous said...

Winchester = Bochenski.

Anonymous said...

sabre fan here :

Nathan Gerbe is going to win the Calder Trophy!!!!!!!!!!!


Anonymous said...

what the hell no gerbe?

Chris Cote said...

Drayson Bowman.

Williams injury almost guarantees him a place in the line-up.

Anonymous said...

Um, I think Turris, Kulemin and Pietrangelo are better than Stamkos, but ok.

charlie said...

Your math for Kyle Turris sucked.

Fred Poulin said...

We'll see for Gerbe and Winchester. My math did suck for Turris, I corrected it thanks! If the Schneider for Armstrong deal is true, look for Bryan Boyle to make the team and register at least 30 points.

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