from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,
Alex Nedeljkovic finished third in Calder Trophy voting for the NHL’s rookie of the year last season with the Carolina Hurricanes. Now that he’s with the Detroit Red Wings, maybe he’ll have better luck this season.
Oh, didn’t you hear? Nedeljkovic remains Calder-eligible this season.
The 25-year-old goaltender played 23 games for the Hurricanes last season. Under the Calder Trophy eligibility rules, there are three ways by which a player relinquishes their rookie status.
To be eligible for the Calder Memorial Trophy, a player cannot have played more than 25 games in any single preceding season nor in six or more games in each of any two preceding seasons in any major professional league. Beginning in 1990-91, a player must not have attained his 26th birthday by Sept. 15 of the season in which he is eligible.