The Tampa Bay Lightning had a two in three chance of bringing this award home to the Sunshine State; unfortunately, it was not meant to be. Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has won the Calder Memorial Trophy tonight at the 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
While there is nothing in this world that will make me believe that Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat didn’t deserve this award tonight, there is also no denying that MacKinnon is a solid asset to the Avalanche.
Last season, MacKinnon played in all 82 games that the Avalanche played. In that amount of time, he has scored 24 goals and 39 assists for a total of 63 points along with a plus-20 rating.
MacKinnon lead the league among the rookies in regards to points last season. His 63 points put him in fourth place among his teammates.
His plus-20 rating put him in fifth place among the rookies following the likes of Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, the Lightning’s Tyler Johnson, and the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli.
While I think most of us here in the Bolts Nation were pulling for either Ondrej Palat or Tyler Johnson to bring home the award, you simply can’t deny that MacKinnon is a well-deserving player having worked his behind off all season long to get to where he is right now.
What are your thoughts on MacKinnon’s win? How do you think the Avalanche’s first meeting with the Lightning will play out next season? Let us know what you think in the comments below.