Photo: Second overall pick Gabriel Landeskog won the Calder Trophy in 2012, an Olympic silver medal, and a World Championship gold medal, but awaits the support for NHL playoff success (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire)
Obviously, the 2010-11 NHL season was from the Colorado Avalanche perspective a forgettable one. The team finished a mere six points ahead of the cellar-dwelling Edmonton Oilers. Matt Duchene was the team’s leading scorer in just his second season in the league, but the goaltending trio of Craig Anderson, Peter Budaj and Brian Elliott all posted save percentages under .900. Legendary Avs Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote each played their last games in the NHL that season as well, signalling the closing of an era of dominance. Read more»
Photo: Rookie center Adam Henrique has shown a knack for clutch scoring in the 2012 NHL playoffs. (Chris Williams/Icon SMI)
While Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have watched the playoffs on high-definition telecasts, one Calder Trophy finalist has lived them firsthand, helping push his team all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
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Last summer’s second overall pick at the NHL Draft, Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche, jumped straight into the NHL as many thought he might. Landeskog has traveled far in one year's time, as he now stands as a finalist for the Calder Trophy given to the NHL's Rookie of the Year.
Photo: Power forward Gabriel Landeskog was selected by Hockey's Future's staff to be the 2012 Calder Winner, an award given to the top rookie in the NHL. (Photo courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)
Hockey's Future polled their staff to find out who their choice was for the 2012 Calder Trophy. It was a tight race between Colorado forward Gabriel Landeskog and Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, with Landeskog eventually taking the honor.
Photo: Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Gabriel Landeskog had a lot to celebrate during the 2011-12 season, and he may be celebrating a Calder Trophy win come June (courtesy of
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While this season’s rookie class may not quite rival that of last year’s youngsters, there have been several impact rookies. Here is a look at three Calder Trophy favorites and their achievements this season.*