Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by sandbox, Jul 24, 2006.
Here are your viable options in order IMO:
Yes ... I don't know what to say more ... yes maybe he will not win the Calder. I remember last year when Crosby was THE SURE WINNER of the calder. The NHL was going to give it to him even if he didn't deserve it.
Shea Weber cant win it because he played in 25 games last year for the Preds. Another player who has a shot is Kessel for the Bruins because if he decides to sign he is going to play on 2nd line, otherwise he will be back on the Gophers next year.
What? He didn't even win it. I'm confused by this comment.
Dang, i was hoping weber would be considered a rookie. I guess either Kessel or Radulov could be sloted in there in the 5th spot.
Radu is my choice for that spot... but Wolski would also be a good choice... so I guess that with all that competition, it's far from a done deal even if Malkin comes to the NHL next year
Penner would easily be in my top-5.
It all depends. Theres always a chance Malkn doesn't win it.
Chances are he wins it if he does come over. I can't see anyone else honestly competing with him.
And for the serious answer, if he doesn't play well enough... absolutely he might not win. These things aren't handed out on the basis of potential.
Of course there is a chance...
As someone alluded to above, Crosby was supposed to be the surefire winner last year (conspiracy theorists pledging his victory regardless of any other performances).
Malkin isn't a God, there is no gurantee he will be good. He will have to fight for the Calder.
O'Sullivan, Kopitar, or Radulov will win it.
I'm thinking O'Sullivan.
Kopitar might not even make the Kings' lineup to start the season. O'Sullivan has a shot, but I believe that will only come to fruition if Malkin gets hurt.
Malkin will win if he plays, teamed with Crosby is a no brainer.
I could get 70 points playing with Crosby next year.
It was always a two horse race from the start.
Even that is not sure...
He might end up as the center of the second line and who knows how he'll adapt to life in North America. I too think he has all the tools... but it's sooo far from a sure thing
Crosby had the second best rookie season in a decade...Ovechkin simply had the best rookie season in a decade. One of them was going to win, that much was guaranteed. It was never going to be Crosby only.
Malkin, if he comes over, isn't going to have a player near Ovechkin-level competing with him.
There is always a chance. Remember how Kovalchuk got hurt and lost the Calder to (the equally amazing) Heatley? Well, if Malkin gets hurt early in the season, he likely won't win.
However, skill-wise he looks like an Ovechkin/Crosby type of prospect. I absolutely loved him at the Olympics. If he plays most of the season, I can't see anyone winning the Calder away from him.
i think it will be a race between o'sullivan and malkin. maybe like the race between crosby and ovechkin. but i dont think any of them will reach 100 points this season maybe around 70-80 for them both.
Dark Horse picks:
I too think that the calder winner will have around 70-80 pts and therefore I think that many player can reach that plateau.... among other Malkin, OSullivan, BrulÃ©, Wolski and Radulov comes to mind.
I don't say thay'll all reach that plateau... but I think under the right circonstances they all have the potential to... So yes there's definetly a chance for that
and then there is the guys you didnt even think about. like this season. prucha and svatos had great seasons. svatos had 32 goals and 18 assists in 61 games. and prucha had 30 goals and 17 assists in 68 games. but they where both injured at the end of the season. but they still had exellent rookie seasons. i cant wait to see who will surprise this season.
Do the Pens play Calgary this year? I'm already giddy iun anticipation of Phaneuf vs. Ovechkin, but I cannot wait to see if Phaneuf can lay out Malkin.
No offenses to the Wolski & O'Sullivans of the world, but there is no other prospect in Malkin's league entering the league this year. Kovalchuk got the hype, but as you said Heatley was just as amazing. Malkin isn't going to have that player at his back all the way waiting for something to happen.
If Malkin plays in the NHL and is able to have a fairly good injury free season(around the 65 games Kovalchuk played as a rookie) he'll win the Calder with little competition. If he doesn't play in the NHL or has injury issues it's anyone's guess as to who wins.