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Worthy candidates include Nate MacKinnon, Jacob Trouba, Seth Jones, Danny DeKeyser, Chris Kreider, Torey Krug, Sean Monahan and Valeri Nichushkin. But I'm going to surprise a few people here and give ESPN.com's halfway Calder Trophy to Hampus Lindholm.

First of all, I dig the name Hampus. So there's that. But the 19-year-old Swede, Anaheim's first-round pick in 2012 (No. 6 overall) has been awfully impressive at both ends of the ice, and a plus-20 rating as of Thursday morning really stands out.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN where you can read more about all the halfway hardware winners...

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alwaysaurie's avatar

Lindholm is my pick as well… I’ve seen four of his games and he’s always played well, every shift.

Gudas is my choice for sleeper-best-rookie. If he improves slightly in the second half and Lindholm falters a little I’d give it to Gudas.

Neither of those has a prayer of winning the Calder, however. There’s too much good offensive talent this year for any defenseman to get enough votes (and the votes for d-men will be split between Lindholm and Krug).

I think the Calder winner will be who ends up with the most points between MacKinnon-Monahan- Nichushkin-Kreider.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/02/14 at 06:24 PM ET

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