The Calder Trophey, given to the leagues top rookie, would probably be best described as a three man race at this point ( Although 4 candidates stick out in my mind ). The 4 are Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins… Paul Statsney, Colorado Avalanche… Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins… and Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings. Since Kopitar tailed off toward the seasons end I believe the first 3 are the top candidates for the award. When deciding who should win this I took in several factors… 1. Point Production, 2. Team Value…3. Leadership… 4. Playmaking ability… and 5. Players around him. I used a scale of 5 to determine the score of each player.

Using this criteria, Malkin scored a 17…. Point production a 5 becuase he led all rookies in that category by a pretty significant margian, Team Value a 4 becuase without him the Penguins would probably have had a hard time making the playoffs, a 1 for leadership due to his inability to speak english and his shyness in the locker room, Playmaking ability a 5 becuase of his amazing ability to beat defenders and his great vision on the ice, and a 2 for players around him ( the lower the score the better the players around him) becuase playing with Crosby enabled him to get alot of power play points.
Stastney scored a 16… Point production a 4 becuase he was slightly less productive than Malkin but also broke the rookie record for consecutive games with points, Team Value a 4 becuase of his rising potential and because of Colorados lack of a young superstar. Leadership a 2 because at this given time Joe Sakic is the leader in Colorado and Statsney is not required to be vocal but leads by example. Playmaking ability is a 3 because although Statsney does have a scoring touch, his ability to split D and score when it really counts is not that of Malkins yet. And players around him is a 3 becuase of the likes of Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk but I feel Colorado was not as deep as Pittsburgh this year.
Staal scored a 19 … Point Production a 3 becuase he was unable to get his assist total up to the likes of Malkin or Stastney, Team Value a 5 because of his superb ability on the Penalty Kill but also being able to play 5 on 5 well and scored as a big body in front of the net on the Power Play, Leadership a 3 becuase Crosby is the leader of this team along with Recchi giving Staal the ability to lead by example and numerous times change the flow of the game with a shorthanded goal, Playmaking ability a 4 becuase Staals ability to get around defenseman and take it to the net is one of a kind. His long stride and reach allows him to do things that Malkin and Stastney can not to. And Players around him I give a 4 becuase he was rarely with Crosby and played most of the year with Oullet and Armstrong. I feel if he had been on a line with Crosby and got more power play time he would have led rookies in goals and points.
Although im sure people are going to disagree with my scale and my point totals i feel it was just an interesting way to get people to look at the rookie race and acknowledge Jordan Staal for his overall ability this year.. Although Malkin most likely will win, I believe the voters should take a long look at both Staal and Stasteny who had very good years in there own right. But if I had a vote Jordan Staal would be your Calder Trophey Winner!


  1. malkin_71 says:

    Completly agree he was the best plus minus in rookies had the best shot presetige and was one of the best penelty killer. Great post!

  2. wingsfan13 says:

    kopitar got injured

  3. Hoondog2 says:

    According to your scale, i thought you underrated some of Stastny's categories…….you gave him a 2 for leadership and, gave Staal a 3, and then go on to say how neither is required to be a leader on their team.  You gave him a 3 for playmaking ability and, gave Staal a 4 when Stastny had 50 assists and Staal had 13 assists…..by these stats, Stastny should have gotten a 5.  I'm not saying Staal shouldn't get any credit but he is not yet the player that Malkin and Stastny are.

  4. malkin_71 says:

    But you see your basing your stats on goals and assists first of Staal would of had alot more points, he played on the third line most of the year and he got 13 secendes of PP time Malkin or Stansey dont kill peneltys and get alot more ice time.

  5. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    My reasoning for the 3 for Staal and 2 for Stastney was because I feel Staal leadership was one of example…. slightly more than Stastney.  Let me explain… Staal by far, in my opinion, scored the big goals at the big time more than anyone on the Penguins…. example in ottawa near the end of the season down 4-1 in the third and here comes Staal scoring shorthanded to make it 4-2. The pens saw his effort and you could tell he single handidly turned the game around. The pens ended up scoring 2 more in the third and winning in overtime… That is something that I can honestly say he did better than both Malkin and Stastney which is why I gave him a 3 and Stastney a 2…. understandable?

  6. Hoondog2 says:

    I am assuming your a Pens fan from looking at your name.  I also assume you watched way more Pens games than Avs games.  I'm sure if you ask Avs fans, Stastny had his big games also.  I'm not saying one deserves it more than the other, because they all deserve their accolades, but as fan who doesn't prefer one over the other, its a tough call.

  7. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    I have watched more pens games… but i am more a fan of hockey. And my name has Malkin in it yet I voted for Staal… Im just saying if Stastny in my eyes deserved it I would have no problem saying he deserves it… Colorado had the tougher schedule and Stastny deserves much credit but Jordan Staal as an 18 year old accomplished things this year that I believe any fan can see was utterly amazing.

  8. Williams1505 says:

    I would have to agree just because, alot of peoples opinions, "including mine". I thought in the begining, that Staal was not ready for the NHL. Untill Coach Therrien….Said he will be a regualr on this team….And i thought he suprised alot of us…including me…

  9. BruMagnus says:

    I agree Staal is underrated by all save Don Chery.
    He was also the plus minus leader on the team.
    But what is most important, is his production playing alongside 4th liners. The reason his 29 goals are impressive, is that he scored half of them pretty much alone. The reason he has few assists, is because he was doing all the work himself, and any setups he produced, his linemates would blow.

    Personally, I think Malkin wins the Calder still. He had an amazing season and established himself as one of the NHL's best players, in his rookie year, not speaking English. That's scary.
    Paul Stastny was never named amongst the Malkins, Radulovs, Brules or Kessels. He deserves 2nd.
    But I think Staal deserves 3rd as well. For many reasons, the most because his value is a 5. I totally agree. He was out there killing 5 on 3 penalties as a rookie, and loving it.

  10. mojo19 says:

    the winner will be Malkin, runner up Stastny, and 2nd runner up will be Kopitar.

  11. Radio says:

    There is no "e" in "Trophy". How many eyes did this article go past?


  12. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    Dude, what are you some pathetic English teacher… who gives a shit… comment on the article and leave the bullshit about spelling out of it

  13. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    hmm… so do you believe Kopitar had a better year than Staal… numbers arent everything.

  14. pensfan29 says:

    Malkin, hands down

  15. passionch says:

    Malkin, hands down!

  16. unt0uch4bl3 says:

    ok, i do agree malkin should win it… but guys.. everyone forgets about backstrom.. ok, lundy did not win it last year.. thats because he was dealing with ovy and crosby.. 2 100+ point rookies.. but this year, its different and backstrom has the best gaa and sv% in the league… i still say malkin.. but watch out for backstrom..

  17. caliplayr21 says:

    Good article. it actually makes sense. lol

    i think staal would win it if he didn't play on the same team as malkin. at any rate, i don't think this will hurt his career. i mean raycroft won this award once lol, just in front of hunter and RYAN MALONE HAHAHA. oh well. two good years of rookies. gonna be tough to follow, thats for sure.

    i better see a 100 pt year outta espo.

  18. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Ryan Malone? Are u kidding me? Anybody that follows hockey knows that Ryder was robbed that year. Raycroft, pfffft. The next year he becomes a 3rd string goalie, while Ryder is STILL putting up 30 goal seasons.

  19. SensShark says:

    You know how I know you're gay…..

  20. Bacon077 says:

    Staal didn’t get first line time like all the others, hence the lack of assists.

  21. ipwnu says:

    Kopitar is better than stastny…nuff said.

  22. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    Backstrom is 29 and is therefore not eligable for rookie of the year …. and personally i dont think a 29 year old should be allowed to win it.

  23. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    ha even though Staal is the only one of the 3 pens young stars that i dont hate, to say that his lack of assists is due to no first line play is ridiculous his 13 assists is a stat that migthn fit a flyers 4th liner there's no excuse if he was that good a passer it wouldnt matter who he played with unless it was a Tie Domi or Ben Ondrus (sorry for the leafs references those were just the first no offensive talent names that came to mind)

  24. hero11 says:

    Kopitar isn't even nominated.  sorry.

  25. hero11 says:

    kopitar isn't even nominated.  Malkin, Stastny, and Staal only!

  26. Kraut182 says:

    I like Staal, but I have a problem giving guys credit for what they could have done because really we have no idea what they could have done.  Should we give Kopitar credit for the games he missed or the fact that he didn't get to play with a player like Crosby?  How many points is that worth … I don't know.

    I'd got Malkin 1, Stastny 2, Kopitar 3

  27. ipwnu says:

    wow…..staal over kopitar….i mean just wow.
    so i guess if kopitar was canadian he would have been way on top eh?

  28. Radio says:

    Hfuyskreuj duijen ofgikljer jgmfok fdksomr!! Jfvdmns klasjk !!

    You know what I'm saying?

    Out comes the the newb flaming. If you really thought "who gives a shit" you wouldn't have commented — cause evidently, you and generic homophobe no. 3401.

  29. BruMagnus says:

    Malkin! HANDS DOWN!

  30. BruMagnus says:

    ya cause that's how they voted.

    Staal's production was phenomenal. His 29 goals was second only to Malkin, and half of those were scored alone with no support like Sidney for Malkin. 7 shorthanded goals, new NHL rookie record and led the league. Also led the league in shooting percentage, and had the team's best +/-. Yes he had few assists, having played with no skilled players and needing to do everything alone for most of the season.

    I am surprised Kopitar got shafted, but I guess his injury put him outta the contention.

    Malkin should and will win.

  31. Sjostrom says:

    Malkin deserves it.  Staal or Kopitar can fight for #2 and maybe #stastny will creap into #3.  But I bet the voting will make it Staal, Malkin, Stastny.

  32. Sjostrom says:

    I should have pointed out, whenever the voting is close, they give it to the Canadian in the bunch.  That's why I think Staal will come in 1st, but should really be #2 or 3.  Last year Ovechkin was so much farther ahead of the curve it was undeniable he was the winner.

  33. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    Dude, your a *****ing loser…. i bet youve never been laid in your life by the way you talk.  Now go jerk off with your tears

  34. robsstks says:

    you could not be more wrong. statsny did kill penalties all year for the avs because he plays a solid 2way game. he played the pk a lot with hejduk

  35. BruMagnus says:

    If Malkin doesn't win, it's a crime.
    He has twice as many points as Staal. More goals, assists and points. Enough said.

  36. Lazarus says:

    Because his d*ck tastes like sh*t?

  37. caliplayr21 says:

    that's what i mean.  raycroft sucks, and hunter isn't an impact player, and i don't know if you saw the "hahaha" after malone, but he isn't good at all, he should jsut kill penalties and thats all.  Ryder is by far, the best of the four now.  but we can't take now into account, well, now.  i'd probably put ryder second for sure. raycroft technically did have a good year.

  38. caliplayr21 says:

    Kopitar can't win it, so quit bringing it up.  part of being good is being healthy. e.g. Lemieux, Forsberg, both great players, but injury prone late in their careers.

    they aren't biased in voting, either.  majority rules. and ovechkin should have won, his team finished higher, he had more pts. he was better.

    malkin will win. second and third doesn't matter. it jsut another way of saying they lost.

  39. Radio says:

    lol you nOObs. You realize taking character-shots only demonstrate your inabilty to actually make the only arguement you could make, which is: "I don't need spelling! ***** spelling!" the alternative would be to agree with me.

    But by all means, continue your random out-of-context insults.

    All I'm implying is: If you want an article to be taken seriously, you'd want it to be written clearly and accurately. And for the HTR website you want this too because it bodes well for the community of posters here and to any potential growth in the future. I'm not saying it's a mortal sin to make a spelling mistake, or that the article writer is a dope, rather that it's in everyone's interest to have a process to formalize the writing.

    I mean, not caring about spelling is basically the same as not caring about content, and if so, then all that implies about a poster's motivation to write is that they want the good feeling of seeing their name under a headline, but don't much care what for…which is just…not healthy.

    Also, I'll never understand the "gay" catcalls, since if the person was gay, it would have not have it's intended effect. And, if the person wasn't a homophobe then it also would elicit zero emotional reaction in them since that's not something that bothers them as they have a modicum of self-esteem and respect for the preferences of others. The is based on the premise  that  ho it's aimed at is "scared" of being gay as if it were some bug that might jump out of the woodwork and eat them. If that's what you believe, I think there's some sort of new anti-gay vaccine you can take, so as to not worry your little mind when you get a hard-on in the locker room.

  40. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    IM pretty sure everyone agrees your a pole smoking tool.

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