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Where: Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV.
When: Wednesday, June 19, 8PM EST
How (TV): NBC Sportsnet, Sportsnet
Want more predictions for this year’s NHL Awards? Then take a look at these articles, where we cover the nominees for the Ted Lindsay Award, the Vezina Trophy and the James Norris Award.
This season, Elias Pettersson set the bar for what it means to be a Vancouver Canuck. Pettersson finished with 66 points in 71 games played. Ten of those points came in the form of ten goals in his first ten games in the NHL. He broke the rookie scoring record for a Canuck, a record previously held by NHL hall of famer Pavel Bure.
Pettersson finished first overall in rookie scoring this season – 21 points ahead of his competition. He ended as a plus-3 with 144 shots. He netted ten power play goals and had 22 power play points overall. Pettersson also registered seven game-winning goals – one of them in overtime.
St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington came out of nowhere and at exactly the right time. From October to December, the Blues were struggling to stay afloat. Enter Binnington on January 1, and the rookie sensation put together a record of 24-5-1 – completely turning the season around for St. Louis and securing them a playoff spot.
Binnington finished his rookie campaign with a 1.89 goals against average and a save percentage of .927. He allowed 59 goals on 807 shots against. Binnington also had five shutouts during his season. He was selected by St. Louis in the third round, 87th overall – the only Calder nominee not selected in the top-5 of the 2018 draft.
2018’s first-overall draft pick, Rasmus Dahlin finished third in rookie scoring overall and first for rookie defensemen. He suited up for the Buffalo Sabres in all 82 games this season and put up 44 points, which is the second-highest total for an 18-year-old rookie defenseman (the first being the great Phil Housley).
Dahlin finished the season minus-13 with 34 penalty minutes. The defenseman also had five power play goals and 20 power play points – just behind Pettersson. He also tallied four game-winning goals as well and averaged 21 minutes of ice time per game. Expect that to increase next season.
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