On Monday evening, the NHL named Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, Oilers forward Connor McDavid and Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin as the three finalists for the Calder Trophy.
The last Blackhawks player to win the Calder was Patrick Kane after the 2007-08 season. This year, Kane played a huge role in Panarin being a finalist for the award. After parts of seven seasons in the KHL, the 24-year-old scored 30 goals and added 47 assists for 77 points in his rookie NHL campaign. Buffalo’s Jack Eichel, the second pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, also finished second in the rookie scoring race — 21 points behind Panarin.