The late-season playoff push in places like Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Florida — all teams that were not expected to be in the playoff hunt — pushed several rookies into the spotlight. While all but the Florida Panthers made the playoffs, the fact that all had key contributions from first-year players made for an interesting Calder Trophy selection the 2014-15 season. Read more»
Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has played a key role in his team’s surprising push for the final wild card playoff spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference and as a result has all but closed the gap with Nashville Predators‘ left wing Filip Forsberg — the leading scorer among rookies — in the February Hockey’s Future Calder Trophy poll. Read more»
Winnipeg Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has made it abundantly clear through his actions to date that the Jets are an organization steadfast in improving and building primarily through the draft. December and January provided several opportunities for the Winnipeg Jets to show off to the hockey world the collection of young talent they have accumulated since the team’s move from Atlanta prior to the 2011 season.
Filip Forsberg of Nashville and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau continue to hold the top two spots in the Hockey’s Future staff Calder Trophy Poll for December while Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad has also begun to separate himself from the rest of the field — making it look like this year’s award will come down to one of those three players. Read more»