Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Afternoon Line

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...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: hampus+lindholm


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

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.


Notify me of follow-up comments?


Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com