Will two Detroit Red Wings players be vying for the Calder Trophy? The NHL will be making the announcement of the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year on Wednesday.
It’s a virtual given that Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider will be one of the three finalists. Seider led all rookie defensemen in points, ice time and game-winning goals, among other key stats. He’s a heavy betting favorite to win the award.
Will Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond, who collected 57 points this season, be joining Seider among the finalists? That’s not nearly as clear cut.
Several players are candidates to be rookie of the year finalists. Toronto forward Michael Bunting, Anaheim forward Trevor Zegras, Florida forward Anton Lundell, Montreal forward Cole Caufield, Nashville forward Tanner Jeannot and Minnesota forward Matt Boldy are all legitimate contenders to be among the trio of finalists.
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Suppose that Seider and Raymond both get the nod. They’d be posiitoned to be the first teammates to finish 1-2 in Calder voting since Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2001-02.
The Red Wings have never had the top two players in Calder balloting. The closest they came was in 1947-48. Detroit forward Jim McFadden won the Calder. Red Wings defenseman Red Kelly ended up third in the voting.
Interestingly, the player in second that season was Boston forward Pete Babando. Traded to Detroit in 1949, Babando wound up scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the 1949-50 Red Wings.
Cotton Keeps Counting
Netting the game winner in the third period, Red Wings draft pick Alex Cotton was counting a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Giants edged the Kamloops Blazers 3-2 in WHL playoff action on Tuesday.
Edmonton Oil Kings goalie and Red Wings 2021 first-round draftee Sebastian Cossa improved to 7-0 in the WHL playoffs with a 5-4 victory over Red Deer.
Detroit draft choice Cross Hanas collected an assist as the Portland Winterhawks were edging the Seattle Thunderbirds 2-1.
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Boston: Following a 5-1 loss on Tuesday in Carolina, the Boston Bruins are down to their last playoff life.
Washington: Captain Alex Ovechkin says the key for the Washington Capitals is not to panic because the Florida Panthers are now even at 2-2 in their playoff series.
Florida: He’s playing in the playoffs for the first time. And now Sam Reinhart has counted his first Stanley Cup goal for the Florida Panthers.
Islanders: Lane Lambert, considered to be a potential Red Wings head coach candidate, is still under contract for one more season as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders.
Colorado: When will rest turn into rust for the Colorado Avalanche?
Pittsburgh: Mike Sullivan now has more playoff wins than any coach in Pittsburgh Penguins history. He moved past former Red Wings assistant coach Dan Bylsma into top spot.
Calgary: Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom is a Vezina Trophy finalist.