The finalists were announced for the Calder Trophy which goes to the rookie of the year. Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche, Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks, and Dominik Kubalik of the Chicago Blackhawks are all up for the award.
Cale Makar is a lock to win it
Cale Makar showed a level of maturity and high play ability at the tender age of 21. In 57 games, he totaled 12 goals and 50 points while averaging big minutes at 21:01. Makar’s production of .88 points per game makes him the clear cut favorite to win it.
Was Adam Fox snubbed for the Calder Trophy?
Today, Rangers head coach, David Quinn expressed his disappointment that Adam Fox wasn’t among the finalists. He clearly admitted his bias because of how valuable the rookie has been for the Blueshirts.
Quinn Hughes put up 53 points in 68 games, for a .82 points per game average. He certainly belongs in the conversation. Those in Rangerstown believe Fox should have gotten the nod over Dominik Kubalik. But in fairness to the 24 year-old forward from Chicago, he scored 30 goals in 68 games.
That’s not to say Adam Fox doesn’t deserve to be the third finalist. The 22 year-old rearguard spoiled his coach and fans with an unreal amount of poise. His 42 points in 70 games was good for an average of .60 points per game. That still fell shy of Kubalik’s .67 points per contest.
So to say Fox was snubbed is a bit unfair to a player that broke the 30 goal mark this season. Only 16 players in the NHL scored more than Kubalik this season, none of which were rookies. He deserves to be there. Had it been Fox, I am pretty sure a writer for the Blackhawks would be publishing something similar.
Adam Fox on his favorite moment this season
Let’s end this article on a positive from Adam Fox himself.
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