Gabriel Landeskog will almost certainly get a trip out to Las Vegas in June for the NHL Awards, and may very well leave there with the 2012 Calder Trophy.
The NHL had several prominent rookies rise during the 2011-2012 season including Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils, Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers, and of course Landeskog.
Patrick Roy is still gives awesome quotes (paraphrased though it may be).
In February 2011, we went to Colisee Pepsi to do an interview with Roy. It centred on the 1986 and 1989 Canadiens/Flames Stanley Cup Finals, but, off-camera, we asked him about eventually going to the NHL.
I'm paraphrasing his response, which was an absolute classic: I was thinking about it, but was golfing one day and thought how good I have it. I asked my owner if he was happy with me and he said yes. I asked my GM if he was happy with me and he said yes. (Roy, of course, is both.)
But, is it time for the NHL now?
"Yes, he's ready for that," said the above friend. (No one would agree to be quoted on the record). "He still has his passion and loves challenges. It's not time for him to die on the golf course."
He ventured back to Lake Erie after the NHL season ended and played the final two regular-season games. The Monsters lost their last one 2-1 to the Rochester Americans to just miss out on a postseason berth.
"I'm going to take a few weeks off, maybe go on a little vacation and then back to work and try to make that team out of training camp next year," he said.
"Me and Ryan O'Byrne are going to work out together this summer. I got a taste of it this year and next year I want to be there full time."