We are quarter of the way through the season, and it’s time to set your Calder watch. Synchronize now.
Some surprises in the top five goal scorers:
- Logan Coture of the San Jose Sharks just barely squeaks into the rookie count and leads all rookies with 8 goals.
- Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes is not only second in the NHL in rookie goal scoring, he’s second on his team to only Eric Staal in both goals and points.
- Derek Stepan’s squeaking into number three is the guy who most likely will not be in the top five at the end of the season as three of his six goals for the New York Rangers came in one game.
- Behind Stepan are three players tied with five, Tyler Ennis of the Buffalo Sabres who has played 25 games, Edmonton Oiler and first overall pick Taylor Hall has his five in 22, and Michael Grabner of the Islanders has potted 5 in 8 games. Of the three Ennis has the best */-.
For defensemen to keep an eye on:
- John Carlson of Natick Ma and the Washington Capitals has a solid line of 3-8-11 +8 to go with his 58 blocked shots and 25 hits through 25 games. Most impressively he’s second on the team in TOI/G, trailing only Mike Green.
- P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens is turning heads for more than the attitude some term cocky. He’s behind only Carlson in rookie defensemen TOI, and fourth in scoring for rookie defensemen.
- Kevin Shattenkirk of Greenwich, CT, and Boston University has earned his way into the Colorado Avalanche lineup and is second to only John-Michael Liles in points from the blueline for Denver’s home squad.
In goal you’d be almost right in saying the conversation begins and ends with the man between the Philadelphia pipes.
- Sergie Bobrovsky is the man making people reevaluate the Flyers chances this season, he’s played so much better than veteran Brian Boucher it almost doesn’t bear thinking about. He’s played 1/3 more games than his second nearest competitor for rookies. His 2.19 GAA and .926 S% have him at ten and eight in the league respectively.
- Possibly more impressive, if for no reason other than the comparative defenses in front of them is Czech Michael Neuvirth. His 2.63 GAA and .912 Sv% are a better pair than any Capitals netminder has finished a season with since Cristibol Huet in 2007-8.
So far this season Ilya Kovalchuk has a line of 4-6-10 -11 and is fourth on his team in scoring. Here’s the current list of rookies with better stats than the $100 Million Man.
- Jeff Skinner 7-12-19 -4
- Jordan Eberle 4-11-15 -4
- Derek Stepan 6-8-14 +1
- Logan Coture 8-5-13 -5
- Taylor Hall 6-6-12 -5
- Tyler Ennis 5-6-11 +2
- John Carlson 3-8-11 +8
- Cam Fowler 1-10-11 -8
- Kevin Shattenkirk 4-6-10 +2
- Bryan Bickell 4-6-10 +2
- Jake Dowell 4-6-10 +8
- Mark Letestu 4-6-10 Even
All stats as of 10pm 11/29 via NHL.com