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Is Taylor Hall In The Calder Race?

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

A controversy is likely to soon begin as to whether he’ll also deserve to be the first winner in Oilers history of the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.

With 12 goals and 11 assists going into the team’s 41st game of the season, Hall projects to roughly a 25-goal, 25-assist, 50-point campaign.

That would compare favourably with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and his 23-23-46 season two years ago, or John Tavares and his 24-30-54 point season for the New York Islanders last year.

Hall’s projected totals also stack up nicely against the 29-22-51 Ilya Kovalchuk posted in his rookie year for the Atlanta Thrashers.

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Lindas1st's avatar

In the Oilers first year in the league, Wayne Gretzky was ruled ineligible to be rookie of the year because he’d played in the World Hockey Association.

After years of the NHL putting the WHA down as a grossly inferior league, that was considered an outrage — especially in light of the fact the Calder went to Peter Stastny, who had spent a decade playing for Czechoslovakia on the international stage.

I do believe that Bourque was the beneficiary of the outragous ruling and won the Calder in 1980. However, the following season Stastny did win the Calder after playing something like decade proffesionally in the Czechoslovakia. And all this did was bring up the whole Gretzky/Calder controversy again a year later.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 01/10/11 at 02:10 PM ET

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Funny how Hall is being pushed for the Calder, but Tavares wasn’t good enough to even be nominated last year. So if he is in the same class as Stamkos and Tavares, then he isn’t winning the Calder.

Sergie Makarov at the age of 31 was the key to changing the rules and his win was outrageous because it made the assumpiton that the USSR did not have professional leagues. Gretzky wasn’t eligible going in so it wasn’t an outrageous ruling. Stastny won it at age 24 so I doubt he played among the Czechoslavakian Elite at 14.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 01/10/11 at 04:11 PM ET

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Funny how Hall is being pushed for the Calder, but Tavares wasn’t good enough to even be nominated last year. So if he is in the same class as Stamkos and Tavares, then he isn’t winning the Calder.

Tavares would have been a Calder finalist in any other season; Jimmy Howard and Tyler Myers just had fantastic years by any measurement.  Tavares was only 1 point behind Duchene for the rookie lead in points.  Hall needs to step it up though, he’s 5th in rookie scoring (23 points) and while that only puts him 1 point out of third place, Jeff Skinner has a sizable lead on everyone with 32 points.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 01/10/11 at 06:23 PM ET

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