Should Jeff Skinner Win The Calder Trophy?

Carolina Hurricanes rookie Jeff Skinner is one of the favorites to win the Calder Memorial Trophy this season, the award given to the NHL's top rookie.  Currently, Skinner leads all NHL rookies in scoring and has done so most of the season, but some are saying that might not be good enough.

While a couple of goalies and defensemen are in the mix, let's compare apples to apples and see where Skinner stands compared to his closest competition at the forward position.

 


Jeff Skinner

#53 / Right Wing / Carolina Hurricanes

5-10

187

May 16, 1992



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Jeff Skinner 77 29 29 58 3 44 6 0 2 196

 


Logan Couture

#39 / Center / San Jose Sharks

6-1

195

Mar 28, 1989



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Logan Couture 74 31 23 54 19 39 9 0 8 240




Michael Grabner

#40 / Right Wing / New York Islanders

6-0

170

Oct 05, 1987



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Michael Grabner 72 31 17 48 16 10 1 5 3 211

 


Tyler Ennis

#63 / Center / Buffalo Sabres

5-9

157

Oct 06, 1989



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Tyler Ennis 77 19 28 47 -1 26 5 0 1 198

 

 

 

Average   Shootout
TOI Shot% Hits Blocks Gives Takes Goals GDG %
Jeff Skinner 16:38 14.8% 67 27 30 56 4 3 40%
Logan Couture 17:55 12.9% 55 62 24 48 2 2 25%
Michael Grabner 14:57 14.7% 22 24 24 66 0 0 0%
Tyler Ennis 15:45 9.6% 40 26 25 43 3 2 75%



When comparing the stats above, Skinner not only has the highest point total of his competitors, he has more hits, more shootout goals, more game deciding shootout goals, and a higher overall shooting percentage. 

One could also argue that Skinner has been more valuable to his team, since he is the second highest scorer for the Canes.  Couture is fifth highest on the Sharks, Grabner is fourth on the Islanders, and Ennis is also second on the Sabres. 

Skinner is not only the youngest player of the bunch at 18, he's the youngest player in the entire league.  Yet he has consistently been the point leader, or among the leaders, all season.

((UPDATE))  I was reminded of one more item in the comments.  Skinner is number one in the league at drawing penalties, (42).  He is constantly moving and often times is trying to get to the dirty areas on the ice.  He pays the price for the positioning he gets.  

Couture has drawn 15 penalties, Grabner, 14, and Ennis 12.

(According to the report, next highest on the Canes is Ruutu with 25).

Check out Behind The Net  for more details on "penalties drawn".

 

Corey Crawford would seem to have the edge as far as rookie goaltenders go because he has the most wins.  Sergei Bobrovsky is close behind.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Corey Crawford 51 2969 30 16 113 2.28 1379 1266 .918 4


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Sergei Bobrovsky 50 2820 28 12 117 2.49 1419 1302 .918 0

 

Washington's John Carlson would probably be the leading candidate from the blueline, followed by P.K. Subban and Cam Fowler.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - John Carlson 78 7 28 35 20 42 1 0 3 136


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - P.K. Subban 73 12 24 36 -7 120 7 0 1 177


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Cam Fowler 71 9 28 37 -24 20 5 0 3 117



The season is not over yet, but the Markham, Ontario native seems to have a leg up on the competition in more categories than one.  What do you think?

Here are some past winners and their stats:

 

Year Name GP Goals Assists Points
2010 Tyler Myers 82 11 37 48
2009 Steve Mason
2008 Patrick Kane 82 21 51 72
2007 Evgeni Malkin 78 33 52 85
2006 Alex Ovechkin 81 52 54 106
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