I think most of us felt that RNH’s games lost meant his chances of winning the Calder were dashed: after all, there’s a rookie in NJ (Henrique), another in Philly (Read) and the best forward of the bunch this year is in Colorado (Landeskog). However, the Nuge keeps adding points to his resume and is still in the conversation.
That’s a nice looking list of rookies, it really is. Landeskog is the guy who’ll win the Calder, but Henrique is right there too and the Nuge is posting tremendous PP numbers to stay in the race. His 22 PP points tower over Craig Smith’s 13–defender Justin Faulk has 11 and should get lots of Calder consideration–and RNH has all kinds of skills that will allow him to impact the game.
The Oilers have never had a rookie of the year, although a conspiracy tale about that fact would read like a Stephen King novel. RNH–despite missing 20 games–is still worth considering for the rookie award. A strong finish might improve his standing, but I think Landeskog will carry the day.