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Barkov In A Wide Open Race

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 9:00 AM
By Bill Lindsay - FloridaPanthers.com / From The Booth
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Barkov In A Wide Open Race

The race for the Calder Trophy is wide open this year as we are now into the second half of the season.

The Panthers have the reigning Rookie of the Year and young gun Jonathan Huberdeau and with his recent hot stretch Aleksander Barkov has thrust himself into contention for this year's award.

The last time a team had back-to-back Calder winners was the Boston Bruins back in 1967-68. Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson were the two to accomplish the feat, and they turned out alright, with Orr becoming one of the greatest blue liners of all time.

The Flying Finn is currently tied for eighth in rookie scoring with 22 points, seven behind the leader Nathan McKinnon of Colorado who was taken one spot ahead of Barkov in this past summer's draft. Barkov has averaged close to a point a game over the last month and seems poised to have a big second half. The Panthers young gun has taken and won more face-offs than any other rookie and is playing in every situation. Barkov leads the Panthers in scoring and is playing big minutes. He plays against the other team's top lines and he is on the ice late in games to protect leads. He is as good defensively as he is offensively which is something that you just don't see from many 18-year olds.

It will be interesting to see how the rookie race unfolds in the second half of the season. I believe Barkov will be in the middle of the conversation by year's end.

The Panthers' future is filled with promise with loads of young talent and Barkov will be front and center leading the way for years to come. The Calder race is one to watch closely if you are a Panther fan.

How awesome would it be if they are able to accomplish a feat that hasn't been duplicated in 46 years in the NHL?

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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