by PuckStopsHere on 04/13/14 at 12:30 AM ET
For most of the season I have been picking Torey Krug as the Calder Trophy leader. He has been the top rookie defenceman this year. He has been the power play point man for the best team in the NHL. His problem in the Calder Trophy race is that he doesn't get the playing time of most top defencemen. This is in part because he plays on a team with workhorse Zdeno Chara taking the tough minutes. As a result, Krug has played some protected minutes.
I think he has been passed right at the end of the season by Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche. He was the first overall draft pick in 2013. He plays a top role on the Colorado Avalanche and leads all rookies in scoring with 63 points. He plays in the tougher conference. In fact the second highest scoring rookie in the West Conference is Alex Chiasson with 28 fewer points.
Nathan MacKinnon is both the most talented rookie in the NHL this season and the rookie who has had the best season. That said Torey Krug is a very good rookie of the year candidate. I think he has been underrated and will not come as close to winning the Calder Trophy as he should.
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