2013 NHL Calder Watch Week Four: New Faces Emerging

Tyson Barrie (NHL.com)

Tyson Barrie (NHL.com)

In the past seven days, a few new names in the Calder Trophy race surfaced as players like Florida Panthers’ Drew Shore, Red Wings’ Tomas Tatar, Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, Blues netminder Jake Allen and Wild puckstopper Darcy Kuemper begin their delayed charge after front-runners like Cory Conacher, Vladimir Tarasenko and Nail Yakupov, three rookie scoring leaders whose production has slowed.

In this abbreviated edition of #CalderWatch, our readers are presented with a few statistical trends and player notes to fuel the Calder watch fuel.

Follow this new weekly column, #CalderWatch, throughout the remainder of the 2012-13 NHL regular season to keep tabs on all of the 2013 NHL Calder Trophy candidates

#CalderWatch Player Notes

  • Pack Your Bags….The Anaheim Ducks reassigned rookie Rickard Rakell back to the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.  In four games, the Ducks’ 2011 1st round selection was held pointless and sported a minus-2 rating averaging 8:57 minutes per game.
  • Striking Oil on the PP…Oilers’ rookies Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov sit first and second, respectively, among first year skaters in powerplay goals with 4 and 3.
  • Trio of S’hooters…Senators Jakob Silfverberg leads all freshmen in shots-on-goal with 38 biscuits thrown at the net. Justin Schultz and Drew Shore are close behind the Swede with 36 shots of their own.
  • Wielding a Hot Stick….Minnesota Wild prospect Jason Zucker has dressed in one game and fired two shots on net, connecting on one of them putting his shooting percentage at a healthy 50%. Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman Korbinian Holzer has tallied two goals on six shots (33.3 shooting %) while Chris Kreider and Cody Goloubef share a one-third scoring percentage with Holzer.
  • Minute Munching Rookies…Defensemen Justin Schultz (22:55 minutes/game), Jonas Brodin (21:56 minutes/game) and Tyson Barrie (20:28 minutes/game)  are logging veteran-like minutes on the blueline this season and none of them have looked out of place.
  • Positive Performances… Montreal Canadiens’ 3rd overall selection (2012), Alex Galchenyuk, leads all rookies with a plus-8 rating showing that he can provide more than just offence. Teammate Brendan Gallagher (+7) and Simon Depres (+6) have posted responsible numbers as well.

#CalderWatch 3 Stars of the Week

(ending Monday, February 18th)

1st Star: Jake Allen, G, St. Louis (3GP-3W)

After Jaroslav Halak tweaked his groin in warm-ups on his expected return to the lineup and with Brian Elliott struggling, Hitchcock went with 22-year-old rookie Jake Allen between the pipes. Allen capped off a solid week with 28 saves and a shootout win over the mighty Canucks to improve his record to 3-0-0. It’s unlikely that Jake Allen, drafted 34th overall in 2008, will remain in action with Halak returning and Elliott still in the fold but his perfect start to his NHL career is still first-star worthy.

2nd Star: Tyson Barrie, D Colorado Avalanche (4GP-1G-4P)

Highly touted defensive prospect, Tyson Barrie became the first Colorado Avalanche defenseman to score a goal this season Sunday night when he picked up his first career NHL goal and his fourth point in as many games.  Barrie, averaging 20:28 minutes-per-game, has been the lone bright spot on an Avalanche team littered with hostility and disappointment.

3rd Star: Tomas Tatar, C, Detroit Red Wings (3GP-2G-3P)

The 2009 2nd round selection made a big impact last week tallying two goals and an assist in three games. The Red Wings have progressed slowly with Tatar but his skill evident in the American Hockey League earlier in the year posting 19 goals and 39 points (44 games), Tatar is ready for the next challenge in his hockey career.

Honorable Mention: Drew Shore, C, Florida Panthers (4GP-1G-3P)

Drew Shore, drafted 44th overall in 2009, is a rookie with enough experience, skill and jump to challenge strongly for one of the three Calder Nominees.  Last week, the former University of Denver star racked up 14 shots on goal in four games and added one goal and two assists.

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