Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher up for Calder Trophy as top rookie
Brandon Saad, Jonathan Huberdeau also finalists
The NHL unveiled the list of Calder Trophy finalists on Monday, with first-year forwards Brendan Gallagher of Montreal, Brandon Saad of Chicago and Jonathan Huberdeau of Florida up for the honour.
Gallagher, who turned 21 Monday, had 15 goals and 13 assists in 44 games for Montreal this season.
Huberdeau had 14 goals and 17 assists while playing in all 48 contests for the last place Florida Panthers.
Last Calder Trophy for each team
- FLA: Never
- CHI: Patrick Kane (2007-08)
- MTL: Ken Dryden (1971-72)
Saad notched 10 goals and 17 assists in 46 games for the Blackhawks.
Edmonton forward Nail Yakupov, last year's No. 1 draft pick, was not among the list of finalists despite tying with Huberdeau for most points by a rookie.
The Calder has been awarded to the top NHL rookie since 1933. Gabriel Landeskog of Colorado was last year's winner.
The NHL will announce the winners of all awards at some point during the Stanley Cup final.