by PuckStopsHere on 03/01/12 at 02:55 PM ET
For most of the season Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been the top rookie in the NHL. He has missed significant time due to injury and this has allowed others to pass him in the rookie of the year race. A little over a week ago I picked Adam Henrique as the Calder Trophy leader. Since that post Henrique has not scored a point while Gabriel Landeskog has scored seven points. This has made Landeskog the Calder Trophy leader.
Landeskog has 40 points so far this season. This puts him second in rookie scoring. He is one point behind Henrique. He has the best +/- rating on his Colorado team at +22. He is well ahead of any teammates. Ryan Wilson is second at +9. He is doing this while playing against the toughest competition of any Avalanche player and playing significant penalty kill time.
Landeskog may be a rookie but he would not be a silly choice to appear on a Selke Trophy ballot. As defensive awards often rely upon reputation in their voting, it is unlikely that he will get significant consideration. However if his career continues to develop as his rookie year has, he has a good chance of winning a Selke Trophy in the future.
Landeskog was selected second overall in the 2011 Entry Draft. Perhaps his biggest challenge in the Calder race for the remainder of the season will be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (the first pick overall). If Nugent-Hopkins goes on a tear offensively in his remaining games he could be the eventual winner. This may be difficult because Landeskog is currently on an offensive tear and he is the strongest defensive forward among rookies that the NHL has seen in years. At this point Gabriel Landeskog is the Calder Trophy leader.
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