So the Calder nominees were announced and all 3 of the rightful candidates were indeed selected. Now for the next month and a half we will hear endless debates about who should walk off the stage in Vegas as the NHL’s best rookie.
Of course, Oilers fans will most likely be lobbying for their generational talent Connor McDavid to win. I mean, afterall, he was the most talented rookie and if he didn’t miss those God forsaken 37 games, he probably would have won the award.
I understand how you feel Oil Country, I really do. You watched this incredible talent for 45 games and you don’t understand how anyone in their sane mind can say there is another rookie in the NHL close to his skill level.
You brush off the “missing 37 games” argument by pointing out his outstanding 1.06 points per game.
Or you point to the lineup he had to play with compared to Artemi Panarin.
Or you pull up highlight reel goal after highlight reel goal to show anyone who questions McDavid’s abilities.
But when you hear fans from around the league say that Artemi Panarin and Shayne Gostisbehere should win and that McDavid doesn’t deserve the award, just remember one thing:
It doesn’t matter.
Would you still pick Jeff Skinner over Logan Couture?
Did Barret Jackman have a better career than Henrik Zetterberg?
Do you even know who Sergei Makarov is? He won over Hall of Famer Mike Modano in 1990.
This list could continue.
There’s no doubt which one of the three rookies nominated for the Calder will go on to have a more spectacular career.
So let it go Oilers fans, let Flyers fans celebrate the incredible season rookie d-man Shayne Gostisbehere. 46 points in 64 games is incredible. He essentially carried an entire back end when he was in the lineup and kept his Corsi% above 50%.
Or maybe give it to 24 year old Artemi Panarin who did finish top 10 in league scoring in his first season. And although he did play with the league’s leading scorer, Patrick Kanes possession numbers all improved when you compare his time on the ice with or without Panarin.
If McDavid wins social media will be flooded with obnoxious claims of the NHL making sure their “Golden Boy” won and trust me Oilers fans, you’re going to be getting enough of that over the next 20 years.
So when the winner is announced and Artemi Panarin or Shayne Gostisbehere walk across the stage, don’t be bitter, don’t get upset. Just smile and think of the next 15 years with McDavid.
Because the Calder isn’t worth the fight.