The Calder Race

For the first time in forever, the Edmonton Oilers have a legit Calder candidate in Andrew Cogliano. Unlike Ales Hemsky or the other young gun Sam Gagner, Cogliano has all of his cannons pointed in the right direction:

  • He’s 20
  • He’s got a job
  • He’s getting minutes
  • He’s performing

According to (who don’t like Kyle Brodziak as a rookie, don’t know the criteria but it looks like he doesn’t qualify for the Calder) here are the top 7 rookie forwards in terms of time on ice per game:

  1. Pat Kane 18:11
  2. Jonathan Toews 17:46
  3. David Krejci 16:58
  4. Martin Hanzal 15:13
  5. Andrew Cogliano 14:45
  6. Sam Gagner 14:40
  7. Bryan Littler 14:16

Toews is already getting a lot of attention, but so is Cogliano. The London Knights underagers will likely fall back a little as the season wears on and Krejci too is unlikely to keep pace. Hanzal is a very interesting prospect, as is Peter Mueller. Here’s top 5 in forward scoring among rookies:

  1. Patrick Kane 7gp, 1-6-7
  2. Andrew Cogliano 7gp, 2-4-6
  3. Daniel Carcillo 6gp, 2-2-4
  4. Jonathan Toews 5gp, 2-3-5
  5. Sam Gagner 6gp, 0-4-4
  6. Niklas Backstrom 6gp, 0-4-4

And finally plus minus:

  1. Andrew Cogliano +4
  2. Bryan Little +3
  3. Jared Boll +2
  4. Patrick Kane +2
  5. 10 players tied at +1

Andrew Cogliano would have to be considered a front runner (along with Toews and Kane) among forwards for the 07-08 Calder Trophy.

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8 Responses to "The Calder Race"

  1. Matt says:

    And after watching the highlights of last night’s Hawks game, I think you’d have to consider Toews the frontrunner of the frontrunners. That goal was ludicrous.

  2. David says:

    The Toews goal from last night:

  3. Lowetide says:

    Oh my gentle lord. Oh well, Cogliano for SECOND in Calder voting!


  4. Bruce says:

    Brodziak is Calder-ineligible because he played at least 6 games in two different seasons:

    2005-06 — 10 GP
    2006-07 — 6 GP

    So he *just* misses the cut.

  5. Bank Shot says:

    Toews’ first goal was an absolute beauty as well.

    That kid is just on another level.

    Cogliano looks pretty awesome for a mortal though.

  6. kanadienkyle says:

    Any thoughts on the two college kids fading in the 2nd half and a guy like Kane or Gagner taking the lead?

  7. Showerhead says:

    Good god, that was a great goal!

  8. Andy Grabia says:

    The bend on Cogliano’s stick in that picture is ridonkculous.

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