March 12 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) reacts after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Gretz: Best thing about living in Denver?
Landeskog: The sunshine! It's awesome. The weather is awesome, 300 days a year it's sunny. It really helps you wake up in the morning and come out with a smile on your face.
It's really been awesome, and I'm having a lot of fun here.
The Globe and Mail has a "who should win vs who will win" for all the NHL Awards.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton OilersNugent-Hopkins finished in a tie with the Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog atop the rookie scoring charts, with 52 points apiece, despite the fact that he missed 20 games this season to injury. That shouldn’t count against him, but likely will.
WHO WILL WIN: Landeskog
While Nugent-Hopkins started on the top line, Landeskog played his way up the Colorado depth chart this season and by the end of the year, was a top-three forward on an exciting, free-wheeling young team. Impressive. But likely what impressed the voters most was how well he finished. In theory, every game should count the same in assessing a full year’s performance, but the reality is that voters tend to put a premium on the end rather than the beginning – and from around the all-star break on, Landeskog was in a class by himself.
If Ryan Nugent-Hopkins wins the Calder; he'll be the first Edmonton Oiler to win.
Nugent-Hopkins could become the first Oiler to win the rookie of the year award. Wayne Gretzky scored 137 points in his first NHL season in 1979-80 but was ruled ineligible because he had played the previous season with Edmonton in the World Hockey Association.
"That was probably the only award Gretzky didn't win," said Nugent-Hopkins. "Obviously, Gretzky wasn't allowed to win it . . . if he had, he'd have won it for sure."Mark Messier, Paul Coffey and Grant Fuhr are all in the Hall of Fame, but they didn't win the Calder either. In the case of Messier and Coffey, it was because they had slow starts to their NHL careers, while Fuhr posted a 28-5-14 record in 48 games during his rookie season but lost to Dale Hawerchuk, who had 103 points.