Photo: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon turned in a strong month of January to earn the top spot in this month’s Calder Poll, with MacKinnon appearing to be a front-runner for the Calder Trophy heading into the Olympic break (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)
For the fourth straight month, a new player takes over the top spot in the Hockey's Future Calder Poll as Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon assumes the top spot in what was a near consensus among the HF staff.
Photo: New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider has regained his form from the 2012 playoffs after struggling through the 2012-13 season (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon SMI)
An injury to the San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl, an early season favorite for the Calder Trophy, has widened the race for the NHL's top rookie prize, with New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider jumping into the top spot in the Hockey's Future Calder Poll for December.
Photo: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl turned in another solid month in November to earn the top spot in HF’s ranking of the top NHL rookies (courtesy of Rocky Widner/Getty Image)
The Hockey's Future Calder Trophy poll for November reflected the depth of the 2013-14 rookie class as 22 players received votes from members of the staff. This month's Top 10 was impacted by several early season call-ups who have emerged while a handful of players who opened the season with a bang but then cooled off are no longer in this month's Top 10 (actually eleven since there was a tie for the 10th spot).
Photo: Two first round selections, one from 2012 (Tomas Hertl, L) and the other from 2013 (Sean Monahan, R) shared top billing in HF’s Calder Poll for October of 2013 (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI (Hertl) and Brad Rempel/Icon SMI (Monahan))
Playing for a disappointing Ottawa 67's team that was one of the weaker teams in the OHL last season, Calgary Flames rookie Sean Monahan was overshadowed by forwards such as Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of the Memorial Cup-winning Halifax Mooseheads heading into the 2013 NHL Draft.
Photo: Mississauga Steelheads goaltender Spencer Martin was Colorado’s third round pick in 2013, adding to an already strong group of prospects in net for the Avalanche (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Colorado Avalanche are off to a hot start this season and youngsters like Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nathan MacKinnon are big reasons for their early success. What all three have in common is that they were able to jump immediately from the junior ranks to the NHL after being drafted.