NHL.com: Artemi Panarin Front-Runner For Calder

As the first quarter of the season wraps up, NHL.com is posting their early leaders for individual league awards. On Tuesday morning, Mike Morreale wrote about his top three choices for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

His early leader: Chicago’s Artemi Panarin.

“The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Russian, who agreed to a two-year contract May 1, leads rookies in assists (14), points (21), primary assists (eight), power-play points (five) and shot attempts percentage (56.94) among those to play at least 10 games. He’s also first among rookie forwards in average ice time per game at 19:11.”

Morreale has Arizona forward Max Domi and St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko as his other two finalists.

When Edmonton forward Connor McDavid went down for an extended period of time, it opened the door for other talented youngsters to jump into the mix for the top rookie honor this year. Interestingly absent from the article is Buffalo center Jack Eichel, who has six goals and four assists in 21 games to open his first NHL season.

10 thoughts on “NHL.com: Artemi Panarin Front-Runner For Calder

  1. What an exciting player he is already, and of course the potential is there for further positive growth. It is a long season yet, but Panarin is one hell of talented hockey player, and I am excited every game to see him skating with Kane. Those guys are a scary duo,with Anisimov providing the glue. Never mind the damage he can bring on the PP. So happy he chose to play with the Hawks!

    Lets Go Hawks!

  2. Right on 1961! Back slap and way to go Stan Bowman! This youngster is not the usual kind of add for a Stanley Cup Championship team considering the draft position so wow! He has been a big part of our entire offense with 15 and 88 so far this season. Can’t wait to see him get even better.

  3. What I find intriguing is the fact that I don’t think he has become totally comfortable yet with the NHL game style.

    Also learning a new language to communicate with your teammates is a distraction.

    As good as he’s been so far, the more comfortable he gets the better he’ll play.

    And that will be amazing…

  4. If not for Stan finding and signing this guy the offseason would have been a complete diaster. Without question SB and crew knows how to identify elite hockey talent! Rarely have they gotten that wrong

  5. AA was a pretty great pick up as well. Kero looks like a useful player.

    There have been some other decent acquisitions…

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