What is the possibility that Zherdev could win the Calder this year as a darkhorse candidate? I've watched him play the majority of his games this year, and based on offensive potential alone, Zherdev outshines Ryder, Hunter, Bergeron, and Staal. As well, the NHL could play the political card, taking into consideration the obstacles Zherdev overcame this season to play in North America. IMO, Zherdev is the complete offensive package. He sees the ice like Federov, with the downside of having Kovalchuk's attidude. He must become a team player to gain further success. His passing, shooting accuracy and power, skating, puck possesion skills and on-ice vision are phenomenal. Hindering Zherdev's chances are his poor defensive awareness and play away from the puck, however, this has improved drastically over the past 15-20 games. In addition, Zherdev's antics, including slapping his stick on the ice, acting with disgust at teammates play and decision-making also highlight his immaturity and selfishisness. I think Zherdev will grow and mature, and is definitely, possibly aside from Ruutu, the most deserving of the Calder as the best rookie and potential for NHL star status. What do you guys think?