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Who should win the Colorado Avalanche Calder trophy for best rookie?

An early look at who is leading the Colorado Avalanche rookie class for the 2017-18 season

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

There is only one Calder Memorial Trophy award given to the best rookie in the NHL and winning the esteemed trophy is no stranger to Colorado Avalanche rookies. Regardless of what may happen at the NHL awards in June of 2018, the Avalanche will have their own Calder to give out among their rookie class who are all breaking into and establishing their careers in the NHL this season. This prestigious honor will be voted on by you, the readers at Mile High Hockey at the conclusion of the season.

But first, we must identify and keep a periodic eye on the Avalanche rookies who are eligible in this Calder race. We'll go with the NHL definition of a rookie so that means defenseman Chris Bigras just misses the cutoff by having played more than 25 games in any previous season. Still, a good handful rookies remain in contention and any others who are called up and get in some games with the Avalanche will find themselves on the list as well.

With the unfortunate injuries to Tyson Jost and JT Compher plus the demotion to the minors of Andrei Mironov, the fanfare of the current Calder watch has been dampened a bit. However, we can look into their progress thus far and know it's a marathon and not a sprint with plenty of time and jockeying for position on the way to the finish line.

The Candidates

JT Compher (8GP: 1G, 3A)

Prior to his injury, Compher was looking very comfortable in the lineup and making a great defensive tandem with Gabe Landeskog as those two saw the most shorthanded minutes and defensive zone faceoffs for forwards. Compher had also picked up where he left off at the end of last season in regards to production. Good news is that Compher is only expected to miss a few weeks with his broken thumb but the Avalanche will surely miss him during that time.

Tyson Jost (6GP: 1G, 1A)

Another minor setback for Jost as he's battled some minor injuries since camp and is now out a couple weeks with a lower body injury. When he has been in the lineup, Jost has been getting more comfortable and time on ice. He's played some heavy defensive minutes for a rookie especially and has logged the fourth most shorthanded minutes among forwards. The offense has been there as well as he has put up a couple points on the board.

Alexander Kerfoot (8GP: 3G, 2A)

Playing center for the first time this season in the last contest against the St. Louis Blues, Kerfoot had his best game to date with two goals, an assist and six shots on goal. He's been quietly effective leading the team in Corsi for percentage at 56.59 and should have a couple more points if not for a called back goal and a missing assist. All signs point to continuing his strong start to the season and especially if he keeps playing with skill players such as Matt Duchene.

Anton Lindholm (4GP: no points)

While Lindhom did not begin the season on the roster for the Avalanche, he was called up just one day following the season opener once Joe Colborne was demoted. A defensive specialist defenseman, it's best if Lindholm isn't noticed and he has yet to record a point but his smart physical play is something the Avs can use when he's called upon.

Andrei Mironov (1GP: no points)

After only seeing action on opening night, Mironov hung around practicing and was a healthy scratch until he was recently sent down to San Antonio. Rumors are around that it was for "conditioning" but regardless he should be back up to Colorado soon. In his first three games in the AHL over the weekend Mironov played well and started to look more comfortable on smaller ice. Although he is not counted on for big point production, a goal and an assist in three games for San Antonio is nice to see.

AJ Greer (DNP)

Possibly the forgotten member of the much touted "youth movement", Greer gets his shot with the Avalanche with his call up following the injuries to Jost and Compher. Greer suffered a concussion in preseason and had been recovering until the last week when he was cleared and entered back into the lineup in San Antonio. He played well and contributed two slick primary assists in his two games there and now brings his sandpaper and physicality to Colorado.

Who is on your list for top Avalanche rookie?