Forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” the National Hockey League announced on Wednesday.
Or as we like to call it, The Nathan MacKinnon Award For Excellence In Being Nathan MacKinnon.
The finalists are the top three vote getters from the Professional Hockey Writers Association ballots, who were also the top three scorers in the NHL among rookies this season, which we’re sure is a complete coincidence.
The Lightning are the first team since the 2008 Chicago Blackhawks to have two Calder Trophy finalists in the same season: Also a center and a winger, named Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Maybe you’ve heard of them.
So who wins the Calder?
Why Tyler Johnson Deserves The Calder
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Johnson scored 24 goals to set a Lightning rookie record