While Steven Stamkos' name is being mentioned frequently when speaking of the Calder Trophy, it would be a mistake not to consider the likes of Patrik Berglund, Kyle Okposo, Shawn Matthias, Bobby Ryan, Fabian Brunnstrom and Kyle Turris, among others.
Turris, drafted third overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by Phoenix, is coming off a remarkable season with the Wisconsin Badgers from the WHCA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association). In 38 games, he garnered 11 goals and 35 points which were high enough to lead his team in scoring. He also played in the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game challenge series between Russia and Canada's national under-20 teams. He went on to lead the series in goal scoring with 7 as Canada won the series 7-0-1. He finished the series in his hometown of Vancouver where he scored 2 goals and was named MVP. Turris also led Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic, placing as the team's top point producer after successfully capturing the gold medal.
Turris is said to be a dynamic player with offensive skills matched by few in his age category. He's fast on his feet, has a very accurate shot and can handle the puck very well. A balanced offensive player, Turris has the ability to either take the shot himself or set-up a teammate. All this combined with his defensive awareness and ability to find holes are surfacing comparisons of a young Steve Yzerman or Joe Sakic.
While he's not an overly physical player, his endurance and hockey sense allow him to avoid being rattled by the opposition. His 6-1, 170 pound frame will help him adjust to the NHL game in a smoother transition too.
At age 19, there are concerns he may start slow with the Coyotes, but Turris will be moved as the teams #2 center -- moving teammate and possible linemate Peter Mueller to the wing -- so playing behind Olli Jokinen should help his confidence.
Turris is no stranger to success either, accumulating many awards and honors throughout his short hockey career:
- 2006 BCHL Coastal Division Rookie of the Year
- 2006 World Junior A Challenge Most Valuable Player Award
- 2006 World Junior A Challenge All-Star Team
- 2006 World Junior A Challenge Scoring Champion
- 2007 RBC Financial Group Canadian Junior A Player of the Year
- 2007 BCHL Player of the Year
- 2007 WCHA Preseason Freshman of the Year
- 2008 All-WCHA Third Team All-star
- 2008 WCHA All-Rookie Team
All in consideration, it will be an interesting competition for the Calder Trophy. While there are candidates who might break-out and surprise, this year's crop is expected to be led by Stamkos and Turris.
I choose Turris.
Predicted stats for Kyle Turris:
Dont forget about Claude Giroux...
what about Jakub Voracek..this kid is so sick and may play alongside nash for periods.its funny that i havent heard his name mentioned nearly as much since columbus drafted filatov
Folks, there's loads of rookies out there and any one of them can surprise, that's why I wrote ''among others.'' ;) :)
quoted from my comment on PVO:very nice analysis on Turris, Ron.though i think JVR will hopefully fill the Flyers' need for a power forward in future years, i would have been pleased as punch if they took Turris...
coaching will doom Turris
Voracek...119 points in 68 games last season. If he is lucky, he will start the season in 1st line. Strong Calder trophy competitor!
If Claude Giroux plays on a line with Jeff Carter for the whole year, then it may be between Giroux and Turris.
Patrik Berglund impressed me the most at the WJC this past year.I can still picture with a minute left Berglund went end to end only to be stoned by Mason. He Nailed Stefan Legin on the first shift.We will see, this is a good year for rookies no doubt
(Crying Icon)Seriously Ron, good post as always.... I would honestly like to see you as a full time HB blogger... You are very hockey saavy and you are the farthest thing from being a "Homer" of your own favorite team... You always call things with integrity! Keep it up!!!(Crying Icon)... lol
Frogren for calder! (lol)
Is vanReimsdyk playing for Philly this year?If so, I personally beleive he can have a solid season. Whether it be on a pairing, with Jones, behind Hatcher - Timonen, or maybe even a pairing with Timonen. I think he's got a lot of potential. But I'm unsure as to whether he's even signed.
Another well thought out and presented blog, RR. Good job and keep it up!!
Thanks for the kind words! Nice ''crying emoticon'' touch, HM... lmao. My goal is to reach that position though, so I'm going to keep writing blogs throughout the season and try and make a name for myself. :)
Vanreimsdyk has not been signed yet, he opted to go back to school for another year before turning pro.He is also a LW, not a defenseman.