In a surprise to no one Connor McDavid has been nominated for the Calder trophy. McDavid is going up against defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, and 48-year old Antemi Panarin. Who will win? That is yet to be seen. Who should win? It’s obvious.
Games played. This whole thing is going to come down to games played. While no one would argue that Connor McDavid is clearly the best rookie to play in the NHL this season, his broken collar-bone will likely prevent him from taking Rookie of the Year. We may not agree with it, but life’s not fair. Anyway, according to the rules at NHL.com:
The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.
Finishing the season at 1.07 points per game sounds proficient to me, right? Not only was Connor McDavid the only rookie to finish the season at over a point-per-game clip, but he is also the only rookie expectedly to literally carry his team. Connor McDavid was the Oilers’ best player, and arguably one of the best players in the entire league. Best rookie? It’s not even close.
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While I don’t think that Connor will win the trophy in the end, I would still bet Wanye’s money on him being the most impactful player among these three. At the end of the day, the Calder Trophy really doesn’t mean anything in terms of his career, and I would bet that a fair chunk of us Oilers fans are just annoyed that this is the only trophy that the franchise has yet to win.
Connor McDavid was our golden ticket to finishing off the trophy case. Unfortunately, the number under his games played column is fewer than that of Ghostbear and Panarin even though he is the most dynamic of the three players. As much as it would be nice to finally cross the Calder Trophy off of the Oilers’ to-do list, it doesn’t look like it’s in the cards. I guess we’ll just have to wait for the next first overall pick.
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CONNOR MCDAVID

SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIM+/-GPGAPtsPIM
2015-16
NHL
45
16
32
48
18
-1
NHL Totals
45
16
32
48
18
Why he should win?: He’s the best rookie. Period.
Why he won’t win?: Games played, bruh. For real.

SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE

SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIM+/-GPGAPtsPIM
2014-15
NHL
2
0
0
0
0
-2
2015-16
AHL
14
2
8
10
6
-2
2015-16
NHL
64
17
29
46
24
8
6
1
1
2
4
NHL Totals
66
17
29
46
24
6
1
1
2
4
Why he should win?: Succeeding on defense, as a rookie, is much more difficult than it is for a forward.
Why he won’t win?: Games played could affect Ghostbear as well.

ARTEMI PANARIN

SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIM+/-GPGAPtsPIM
2008-09
KHL
5
0
1
1
2
-3
2009-10
KHL
20
1
7
8
16
1
2010-11
KHL
40
5
16
21
8
-6
2011-12
KHL
38
12
14
26
49
1
2011-12
KHL
12
1
4
5
4
5
2012-13
KHL
40
11
7
18
22
-9
2012-13
KHL
3
0
0
0
2
1
14
2
7
9
0
2013-14
KHL
51
20
20
40
30
21
4
0
0
0
2
2014-15
KHL
54
26
36
62
37
18
20
5
15
20
4
2015-16
NHL
80
30
47
77
32
8
7
2
5
7
14
NHL Totals
80
30
47
77
32
7
2
5
7
14
Why he should win?: He shouldn’t. He played over 200 games in the KHL.
Why he won’t win?: He will win, and I demand that Patrick Kane’s name be inscribed on the trophy beside his.