Henrique, Landeskog, Nugent-Hopkins named Calder Finalists

Justin Faulk makes a pass during the 2nd period against the Winnipeg Jets (Photo: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE)

The NHL announced this afternoon that Adam Henrique (New Jersey Devils center), Gabrial Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche winger) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton Oilers center) were named the Calder Trophy finalists. This, of course, leaves out Hurricanes stellar rookie defenseman Justin Faulk, who many thought that he would be included in the finalists for the Calder. Faulk, 19, started playing with the Hurricanes out of training camp before being sent down to play with the team’s AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers before being called back up to play with the club for the rest of the year. For the season, Faulk played 66 of the team’s 82 games, had 8 goals (tops among rookie defensemen), 14 points and 29 PIMs for the Hurricanes. Both Paul Maurice and Kirk Muller had Faulk play big-time minutes, as he averaged close to 20 minutes per game. He was often paired with Jay Harrison or Tim Gleason to play against the other team’s top lines. Faulk was also a stable on the power play, which saw increasing success towards the end of the season, as he registered 5 power play points for the season. The full release from the NHL can be found here.

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