First-year NHL players are competing for the Calder Trophy honouring the league's top rookie, and the award has seen a couple of new names emerge as contenders.
Here are the current Calder Trophy winner odds.
Connor Bedard was all but a formality to win the Calder Trophy at the turn of the calendar. Unfortunately, he has missed 8 games due to a broken jaw injury which has given way to a few other Calder contenders.
If Bedard picks up where he left off when he returns, then he should have the Calder all but locked up.
With an impressive 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points in his first 39 games in the NHL at 18 years old, Bedard has already proven himself as those were all team-high stats before his injury. He just needs to get back to action and continue that strong play.
Whether or not the Wild make the playoffs, Brock Faber has been huge for them this season.
He has 4 goals and 24 assists with a +6 rating in 47 games played. As just a 21-year-old rookie, Faber is relied on heavily by his coaching staff as he logs the most ice time on the team with 24:44 on average per game. He rightfully has catapulted up in these odds.
Luke Hughes has remained in the top 5 odds for the Calder all season thus far.
He has extremely impressive offensive upside and skates over 20 minutes per game. Hughes is 5th on the Devils with 25 points in 45 games. He is being tested at a young age just 47 games into his career. At 20 years old, he is handling the pace and physicality of the NHL just fine.
It was a slower start to the season than expected in terms of production for Fantilli, but he is young and has started to come into his own as the season has progressed.
With every game Fantilli plays, he gets more accustomed to the NHL and will only get more dangerous given his upside.
He has shown a mature, balanced game as a 19-year-old center with 11 goals and 14 assists.
The second Minnesota Wild player on this list is Marco Rossi. This is another young player that plays an important position and has answered every call.
Rossi has 13 goals and 15 assists with a +3 rating as a platoon top line center on a contending team.
This is a player that has already proven his importance and seems to be only trending upward.
Connor Zary of the Calgary Flames is another player that has earned a top 6 forward spot as a rookie.
He has 9 goals and 13 assists in 37 games played with a solid +13 rating as a rookie on a team that is just .500.
The Flames are far from a consistent, stable team, but Zary has brought some much-needed reliability. The Calder may be a long shot, but he will be a staple on this Flames team moving forward.
Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.