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.