Cardiac Cane’s Picks For 2013-2014 NHL Awards

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Calder Memorial Trophy

The award given to the player with the most outstanding rookie season in the NHL.

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Brett’s Pick: Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)

The Colorado Avalanche shocked the NHL world when they selected Nathan MacKinnon over Seth Jones with the first pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, but it appears obvious that they made the right choice.

The 18-year-old forward finished with 63 points in his rookie season with the Avs. He led all rookies in points, and he was the only teenager in the NHL to score more than 40 points in the 2013-2014 season. He has an incredible 7 points in his first 3 NHL playoff games to go on top of his ridiculous rookie season. He is one of those special players that we will be cheering for, or against, for a very long time.

Runner Ups: Andrej Palat (Tampa Bay Lightning), Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg Jets)

Wes’s Pick: Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)

The first overall pick in this year’s draft was a big part of the Colorado Avalanche’s turnaround this season. Without him, the Avs would not have made the playoffs. In 82 games, he had 63 points, good for 34th in the league as a teenager.

Runner Ups: Andrej Palat (Tampa Bay Lightning), Olli Matta (Pittsburgh Penguins)