The 21-year old led all rookies in scoring with 9 points, 5 of which were goals, in 7 games. He’s been a big reason for the strong start the Blues have had this season and has fit right into their lineup, proving he can be relied upon for his offensive contributions.
Tarasenko edged out Cory Conacher of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers and Alex Galchenyuk of the Montreal Canadiens to win the prestigious honors. As of today, Tarasenko now has 10 points, followed by Conacher’s 9. Schultz, Yakupov and Galchenyuk each have 5 points.
The race for the Calder trophy which is presented to the rookie of the year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent memory and will likely be the most watched in terms of potential NHL award winners this season.
Recently here at Too Many Men we looked at the top three candidates through the first two weeks of the season. At that time we had Schultz in the lead over Tarasenko based on the number of minutes he was playing on average for a rookie defenseman.
Tarasenko’s honors will surely help sway a few critics back his way but with over 40 games left for most clubs, there will be plenty of time to discuss who might be the top candidate for the Calder.