Apr 6, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) in the third period against the Washington Capitals at the BB

2013 Calder Trophy Nominees Announced

The finalists for the 2012-2013 Calder Memorial Trophy were announced today by the NHL. For those of you that don’t know the Calder Trophy is awarded to the leagues top rookie. For the 2011-2012 season Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche was given the award. This year the finalists are Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens, Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers and Brandon Saad of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gallagher was a fifth round pick by the Canadiens in the 2010 Entry Draft and went 147th overall. This season he has scored 15 goals and 13 assists for a total of 28 points. He has scored 2 goals so far in the 3 playoff games he has played.

Huberdeau was the 3rd overall pick in the 2011 entry draft. He was second on the Panthers in scoring with 14 goals and 17 assists (31 points). He is tied with Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers for first in rookie scoring.

Saad was also selected in the 2011 entry draft. He went in the second round and was 43rd overall. He has 10 goals and 17 assists this season with Chicago.

All three candidates show great promise which makes the future for all three teams look very bright.Which of these three candidates do you think will win?

Who will win the 2013 Calder Memorial Trophy?

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  • twrdh

    Probably my bias as a minnesotan, but Jonas Brodin got ripped off not even being a finalist. He was outstanding on the top D-pairing with Suter. He actually made Suter better. But I guess this what you should expect when someone isn’t a goal scorer. People want to see goals so those are the players who will win awards.

    • Derek Stykalo

      I agree that Brodin got snubbed. Not sure I agree that when you say “people want to see goals” it translates into a nomination given Yakupov was left off the finalists. Check out my piece here at Oil on Whyte where I make a case for Yakupov vs. the other three. I also mention Brodin should be in the top three.


      • twrdh

        I didn’t mean that to sound like only the top scorers will have a chance, but when your playing on a team that doesn’t get a lot of media attention you’re going to have to score some goals to get the attention you need. 2 goals and 9 assists just isn’t going to get someone like Brodin the recognition he deserves.