Calder Corner: Handicapping the Field

By HF Staff

The Calder Corner: Handicapping the Field-October

As part of the Calder Corner’s continuing coverage of this year’s NHL prospects, once a month Hockey’s Future will be handicapping the race for the Calder Trophy and presenting you with our Top Ten favourites for the league’s coveted Rookie of the Year Award. Therefore, without further ado CC’s inaugural picks for the silverware:

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Kristian Huselius: Got off to a slow start due partially to a lack of line chemistry, partially due to a habit of looking for the perfect play. Once these problems were solved Huselius went on a tear of monster proportions that he is still in the middle of. With Pavel Bure slumping like he is, his timing has been flawless.

Ilya Kovalchuk: The consensus pick for the Calder in most books following a colossal pre-season he hasn’t disappointed in the goalscoring department with 7 to date. He might take a tip from teammate Heatley and look to pass once in a while though as he went through the month without a helper.

Martin Erat: On the offense starved Preds this rookie has somehow managed to carve out 2 goals and 6 assists in his first month in the NHL after surprising many by even making the roster after being selected in the 7th round in 1999. Still questions abound as to whether he can maintain his production with little help.

New York Islanders
Radek Martinek: A veteran of the European pro leagues, Martinek just qualifies for the Calder and has wasted no time making himself at home on the top defensive pairing on ‘The Island’. He’s makes a nice counterbalance to Roman Hamrlik.

Mark Bell: A huge game against Los Angeles on 10/30 helped his point totals but there is no denying that the Mark Bell everyone is seeing this year is a far cry from what showed up in training camp last year. He has made himself a player.

Dany Heatley: The ‘other guy’ in the pair of hot shot rookies Coach Curt Fraser has to work with. Is so far using his body to good advantage around the net in getting chances for himself and for others as evidenced by his 5 assists to date.

Jeff Jillson: Has had to learn on the fly with Mike Rathje holding out and has done well enough on the powerplay, but could still use some polish defensively.

Krys Kolanos: Could rise on this list before the season is over, has a knack for coming though at the right time. 2 of his 3 goals thus far have been game winners.

Ty Conklin: Finally a back-up has arrived in Edmonton that can spell Tommy Salo long enough for the Swedish netminder to catch his breath.

Detroit Red Wings
Pavel Datysuk: The one everybody in Motown is comparing to Igor Larionov. Playing on the fourth line, late surge has him starting to hit the scoresheet.