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Kreider for Calder?

From Justin Bourne at the Backhand Shelf Blog:

Chris Kreider made his debut for the New York Rangers in playoffs last season, and quickly became the first person in NHL history who’s first two career goals were playoff game winners. He played in 18 contests, and finished with five goals (first person to ever score five times before seeing a regular season game), and two assists for seven points.

He’s also going to win the Calder Trophy next season. Here’s five reasons why:

The Draft

This year’s draft saw defensemen selected with eight of the first 10 picks. While defensemen are certainly capable of winning the Calder Trophy, the position just isn’t as sexy or noticeable as that of being a goal-scorer. And, not to mention, it takes longer for defenseman to reach their potential in the NHL, as the best in the world are mostly stronger, more physical men. Since 1990, the Calder has been won by a defenseman only three times (Bryan Berard, Barret Jackman and Tyler Myers).

The other two top ten picks were Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk, who went to Edmonton (1st) and Montreal (3rd).

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Da lil Guy's avatar

Interesting stuff, but comparing him only to the most recent draft class doesn’t give a full picture of his competition.

I know there are a lot of folks in Ottawa who are hoping for a big season out of Jakob Silfverberg after he collected an SEL championship as well as playoff and regular season MVP last year. He’s 22, has had success playing in a pro league, and is tentatively slated to fill a hole on Jason Spezza’s wing.

The transition from the SEL to the NHL is difficult, so maybe Kreider has an advantage there - but the transition from College to your first NHL year can be difficult as well (just as Bobby Butler!).

I imagine other teams have prospects from previous drafts who are expected to make the jump this year as well.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 08/09/12 at 12:15 PM ET

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