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Top 10 Season 7 Calder Candidates Written by habsfan93 - October 12th, 2010

Two years ago, I predicted that Ryan Getzlaf would win the Calder Trophy, and I fell just short on my prediction, though he did have a very respectable season. Last summer, in a big step up, I correctly predicted two of this summer's three Calder finalists, including that Bryan Little would take home the trophy!

That doesn't leave much room for improvement, but here I go again as I take a look at this season's opening rosters and run down the top 10 Calder Trophy Candidates.

Honourable Mentions - Not quite Top 10 at this point, but could be candidates if they are managed well by their GM's:

Nikolai Kulemin (ANA), Anton Stralman (ANA), Jonas Gustavsson (BUF), Carey Price (BUF), Kyle Cumiskey (COL), Colin Wilson (COL), Michael Grabner (NYR), Chris Butler (OTT), TJ Galiardi (PHX), Brandon Yip (PHX), Jamie Benn (SJ)

Just Missed the Cut - If I could expand the list, these are the first guys I would add:

Ondrej Pavelec (BOS), Mason Raymond (BUF), Brandon Sutter (DAL), Tuukka Rask (SJ), Mikael Backlund (TB)

#10 - Zach Bogosian (CGY)

This hard-hitting defender is expected to make the Flames out of camp, possibly as one of their top 2 defenceman. Blessed with a hard shot from the point, a big body and defensive responsability, Bogosian will be a real presence all season long.



#9 - Jaroslav Halak (PHI)

Halak stands an outside chance of winning the Calder, as the Flyers look better than they have in recent years, but voters have not been kind to goalies for this award in the past, and the only goalie winner, Henrik Lundqvist, showed that you need to put up a Vezina-caliber season to win it.


#8 - John Tavares (STL)

Tavares will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his teammate, Steven Stamkos, and put up a respectable rookie season for the Blues. Don't go chasin' waterfalls here though, while the Blues get better every year, there are other rookies in a better position to score lots of points than Tavares.



#7 - TJ Oshie (ANA)

Oshie was the one player on last year's list who couldn't stick with this pro club and got sent back down before the 20 game cutoff. This year, after another year of minor league seasoning, he looks even better and appears to have a lock on a 2nd line role in Anaheim. Coming off a Stanley Cup victory, Anaheim is still one of the league's powerhouses, and Oshie will get lots of scoring opportunities in this high-octane offence if he can finally stick with the pro squad.


#6 - Jakub Voracek (CMB)

Voracek will be playing alongside one of last year's finalists, Derick Brassard, in Columbus. Always a powerful team, expect Voracek to get every chance he could ask for to play a major offensive role for the Blue Jackets. If Chris Stewart fails to produce, he could even quickly find himself on a line with Henrik Zetterberg.


#5  - Tyler Bozak (NYI)

After signing a big college contract with the Maple Leafs, Bozak has found himself in New York, where he will be fighting in camp for a 2nd line role, and an opportunity to play with some very good wingers on what should be a playoff team. His size remains a question mark though - is he big enough to play in the CMHL?


#4 - Jonathan Quick (PHX)

Quick represents the best Calder candidate among goaltenders this year as while there are other rookie goaltenders who could make a splash, Quick plays behind the best team of the bunch. The Coyotes have a team that should make the playoffs if Quick can hold his own, and if he can do even better than that, he could take home the trophy.


#3 - Matt Duchene (EDM)

Duchene will find himself centering either Jarome Iginla or Patrick Kane in Edmonton this year. Either way, that could lead to some very good offensive numbers for the rookie, though his faceoff ability could put his success in the 2nd line role this year questionable.


#2 - James Neal (CHI)

Likely the most natural scorer among this rookie crop, he'll be playing second fiddle to Joe Thornton if he stays at the center spot all year. But nevertheless, Chicago has always been a growing field for rookies and Neal is no exception. He'll look to one of last year's finalists, Loui Eriksson, for advice throughout the season no doubt.



#1 - Tyler Myers (EDM)

The best defense candidate for the Calder since Mike Green two years ago, Myers is the complete package, and Edmonton looks ready to give him a prime-time spot on their defence, paired with another prodigy, Drew Doughty. I'm going to go on a huge limb here and say that Myers will become the first defenceman in CMHL history to win the Calder.

Submit A Comment -
Nice list...But Hornqvist is gonna be the rookie of the year. But for real it is a very good list. Nice job Written By: Moll (2010-10-13 13:07:59)

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