Connor McDavid, Artemi Panarin, and Shayne Gostisbehere Named Calder Memorial Trophy Finalists

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-05-02

Oilers rookie phenom, Connor McDavid, has been named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Oilers rookie, Connor McDavid, has been named as one of the three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the league's top rookie. Joining McDavid in the top three - no surprises here either - are Artemi Panarin from the Chicago Blackhawks and Shayne Gostisbehere from the Philadelphia Flyers. When the vote tallies are released it will be interesting to see what other rookies got votes, but for my money these three were far and away the three best in the league this season. McDavid becomes the third Oilers player to be nomin

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Gostisbehere, McDavid, Panarin are Calder Finalists

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-05-02

The NHL announced Monday that Shayne Gostisbehere, Connor McDavid and Artemi Panarin are the league’s 2016 Calder finalists, honoring the league’s best rookie. Gostisbehere led all rookie defensemen in goals, assists, points, power play goals and game-winning goals (5). He also set a rookie record with four overtime goals, which also tied the most in a single season by any defenseman. The Ghost Bear earned himself a reputation for being a clutch player because of that. He ran point on a very strong power play and more than held his own. His 17 goals are the most by a rookie defenseman since Dion Phaneuf scored 20 back in the 2005-06 season. He posted a -1.58% score-adjusted CF%Re

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Cult of Hockey: McDavid, Hall grade out highest in Oilers final report card

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-02

Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli heads into his second summer in Edmonton with one imperative: to acquire at least one right-shot defenceman who can play a leading role on the Oilers. But who should Chiarelli move to get that player and who should he keep? Here’s my own assessment, the final report card on the Oilers in 2015-16.  I rate the Oilers in large part on intensive video review of all scoring chances for and against, a project I’ve been at for nine years now. When it comes to analytics, gathering new information is crucial because the old shot metrics, such as goals or shots plus-minus (Corsi & Fenwick), fail to provide enough specific data about &nbs

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Gostisbehere, McDavid, Panarin named Calder Trophy finalists. Who should win?

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-05-02

The 2015-16 season yielded an outstanding and deep rookie class, one of the best in recent memory. Obvious can’t-miss stars like Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the top two picks of the 2015 draft, delivered, but they weren’t alone by any means. We saw an intriguing blend of stars in the making doing what they were supposed to do; late bloomers bursting onto the scene; and a wild-card rookie flourishing after arriving from the KHL. The rookie crop included a 30-goal scorer, five 20-goal scorers and 12 players with at least 15 goals. Eight rookies topped 40 points. Two played in the All-Star Game. Eight started at least 20 games in net, and three had multiple shutouts. Needless t

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Trophy Case: Breaking down the Calder finalists

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-02

With NHL Awards set for June 22 in Las Vegas, the three finalists for the Calder Trophy — awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition”— were announced Monday. Of all the categories this year, the Calder might just be the most compelling and divisive. Starting with the most deserving, we break down the finalists and make the case for one who just missed the cut. Connor McDavid Despite missing nearly half the season with a broken clavicle, Edmonton Oilers franchise centre Connor McDavid made a serious impact on the league and showed flashes of the superstar he’s likely to become. He finished fourth in rookie scoring with 48 points in 45 ga

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Connor McDavid Nominated for the Calder

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-02

In a surprise to no one Connor McDavid has been nominated for the Calder trophy. McDavid is going up against defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, and 48-year old Antemi Panarin. Who will win? That is yet to be seen. Who should win? It's obvious.

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Trophy Case: Breaking down the Calder finalists

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-02

With NHL Awards set for June 22 in Las Vegas, the three finalists for the Calder Trophy — awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition”— were announced Monday. Of all the categories this year, the Calder might just be the most compelling and divisive. Starting with the most deserving, we break down the finalists and make the case for one who just missed the cut. Connor McDavid Despite missing nearly half the season with a broken clavicle, Edmonton Oilers franchise centre Connor McDavid made a serious impact on the league and showed flashes of the superstar he’s likely to become. He finished fourth in rookie scoring with 48 points in 45 ga

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RE 15-16 LAURI KORPIKOSKI: TILL I GAIN CONTROL AGAIN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-02

There are two kinds of coaches. The first kind try to get a better glove in the lineup in the middle spots on the defensive spectrum—C, 2B, 3B, CF—that could get exposed. The second kind try to get a better bat in the lineup in the spots on the defensive spectrum that could get exposed. Both coaching types are doomed when confronted with a double secret-agent man like Lauri Korpikoski. Like the SNL skit about Pat, it is difficult for even the wisest to know exactly what we are seeing in Lauri Korpikoski as an NHL player. Damndest thing. (Till I Can Gain Control Again). LAURI KORPIKOSKI 14-15 5×5 points per 60: 0.84 (10th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 7.36 (1st among regul

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Spezza, Hemsky reminisce on past Stanley Cup chances

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-02

ST. LOUIS — Ales Hemsky’s Edmonton Oilers turned out to be a flash in the pan back in 2006. Meanwhile, the only fluke out East that spring was that Jason Spezza and his Ottawa Senators didn’t meet the Oilers in that Stanley Cup Final. “That was our best team,” recalls Spezza, leaning back in his dressing room stall in Dallas, his legs stretched out in front of him. “When Dom Hasek was in net for us, we were unbeatable. Absolutely unbeatable.” Alas, while the Oilers emerged from the No. 8 hole to win the West, Hasek got injured in Round 2 and Ottawa couldn’t advance. Then Hemsky’s goalie, Dwayne Roloson went down as well, in Game 1 of the Cup Final, and destiny settled on a

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Expected No. 1 pick Auston Matthews is a potential superstar for the Maple Leafs, just not next season

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-05-02

Leafs Nation erupted on Saturday night, and for good reason. They won the draft lottery and will have the right to select first in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. It’s been a long while since they got a win this big. This one wasn’t on the ice, that’ll have to wait a little longer, but it was perhaps just as important. It means they get a bonafide difference maker and a potential franchise player to hopefully lead them out of the dark abyss that’s been their last 50 season and into the promised land. The Pittsburgh model. The Chicago Model. The Tampa Bay model. The Los Angeles model. The Edmonton model… Okay scratch that last one, but you get the picture. Be really bad, collect high

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