The Calder Race, Or Why Jimmy Howard Shouldn’t Even Be In Contention
Most teams have only ten games left in the regular season, so I think it’s a good time to talk about the trophy race debates enveloping the fans. I’ll talk about other trophies in coming days, but today, it’s all about the Calder Trophy.
With all the hype surround Johnny T’s nephew this preseason, who could have seen his dropoff coming? He hit that wall hard, man.
Now we’re left with a forward (Matt Duchene), a goalie (Jimmy Howard), and Wonderboy (Tyler Myers). That’s a solid crop of nominees if you ask me. Let’s have a look at Jimmy Howard’s rookie year:
2009-2010 54GP 29W 15L 9OT 1SO 112GA 1,160SA .924SV% 2.30GAA 3,188MIN
That’s not a bad rookie year at al…wait, he got drafted in 2003? Played his first NHL game in 2005? He’s 25? Why the fuck is he even eligible for the Calder Trophy after being a member of the Red Wings for seven years? Ohhh, because the NHL continues to prove that it doesn’t know how to write a rulebook.
Look, call me a hater, but anyone who was drafted seven years before being discussed for the rookie of the year trophy absolutely should not be eligible, especially after playing games in three separate seasons before his “rookie” campaign.
Now, let’s look at Wonderboy’s rookie stats:
2009-2010 71GP 10G 31A 41P +13 30PIM 3PP 0SH 1GW 86S 11.6S% 23:50TOI
Those are damned respectable stats for a rook…drafted in 2008? Now, here we have a true rookie. Played one season of junior after being drafted, absolute LIT. IT. UP. at the WJC, in the Chynoweth Cup playoffs, and at the Memorial Cup, and made the big club out of camp. Here we have a true rookie – no prior experience in the NHL, no 4 years of experience in the AHL cutting his teeth.
I’m not going to go into Matt Duchene’s stats because my point has been made (Not to disrespect Matt, though – he’s having a fine rookie season and is primed to lead a young, talented Avs squad for a long time). The race should be between Duchene and Myers, with Myers winning by a landslide.
Goddamned idiot rulemakers in the NHL. Buncha jackasses.