Today, the NHL released the finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the most outstanding rookie in the regular season. The three candidates are Anaheim Ducks forward, Bobby Ryan, Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg and Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason.
Ryan, 22, was taken by the Ducks 2nd overall in 2005 (1st Overall was Sidney Crosby) and in his first full season as a Duck recorded 31 goals and 57 points which leads all rookies.
Versteeg, a 5th round choice by Boston in 2004 recorded 31 assists, first among rookies, and 53 points, second among rookies.
Mason, 20, was selected in the 3rd round by the Blue Jackets and led the NHL with 10 shutouts and had a 2.29 goals-against-average, second in the league. Mason was also a very important reason to why Columbus made their first playoff appearance this season.
The trophy will be awared June 18th at the NHL Awards Ceremony which has changed locations this year from Toronto to Las Vegas.