2023-24 Calder Trophy Finalists: Connor Bedard, Brock Faber, Luke Hughes

Connor Bedard, Brock Faber, and Luke Hughes have been named finalists for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top rookie, with Bedard leading in points and goals, Faber in ice time and setting team records, and Hughes excelling in power-play points.

So, the NHL just dropped some big news. Connor Bedard from the Chicago Blackhawks, Brock Faber of the Minnesota Wild, and Luke Hughes with the New Jersey Devils are all in the running for the Calder Trophy. This trophy? It’s a big deal. It goes to the rookie who’s basically killed it in their first year.

Bedard’s stats are through the roof. Despite sitting out 14 games with a broken jaw, he led all NHL rookies with 61 points and 22 goals. Plus, he tied with Faber for the top spot in assists, racking up 39. The guy’s only the second-youngest player to ever lead or tie in all three categories. If he snags the award, he’ll be the 10th player from the Blackhawks to do so. The last time someone from their team won was Artemi Panarin back in 2015-16.

Now, onto Faber. The guy’s been like an iron man. He topped all rookies in average ice time and total ice time, not missing a single game out of 82. With eight goals and 39 assists, he’s broken records left and right for the Wild. He’s got the most assists and points by a defenseman in a season for the team. Winning the Calder would make him the second player in Wild history to do so, right after Kirill Kaprizov in 2020-21.

Hughes? He’s been nothing short of impressive. Tying with Faber, he’s second in points among rookies. The Devils defenseman scored nine goals and dished out 38 assists over 82 games. Leading all rookies with 25 power-play points and 21 power-play assists, he’s gunning to be the third Calder Trophy winner for the Devils.

Each of these players has brought something special to the ice. It’s going to be one heck of a decision for the NHL. Who’s your pick?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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