Sabres’ Dahlin is up for the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie

Rasmus Dahlin got more ice-time as the season went on

Paul Hamilton
April 27, 2019 - 4:36 pm

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(WGR 550) - Rasmus Dahlin is one of the three finalists for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s best rookie. Dahlin is joined by St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington and Vancouver winger Elias Pettersson.

Only Phil Housley had more points as an 18-year-old defenseman than Dahlin. This past year’s first overall pick had nine goals and 35 assists for 44 points playing in all 82 games. The rookie averaged over 21 minutes of ice-time per-game.

The Blues didn’t even have a place for Binnington to play last year, so they loaned him to Providence. This year, the Blues were floundering and last in the league when Binnington went in for Jake Allen and he never came out.

Binnington went a sparkling 24-5-1 with a 1.89 goals-against and .927 save percentage.

Pettersson got off to a hot start, but then suffered an injury that caused him to miss 11 games. The winger scored 28 goals and 38 assists for 66 points in 71 games. Pettersson led all rookies in all three departments.

Many feel that Dallas defenseman Miro Heiskanen got snubbed. He averaged over 23 minutes per-game on one of the best defensive teams in the NHL. Heiskanen had 12 goals and 21 assists for 33 points.

Other Sabres, or former Sabres that have won the Calder are Gil Perreault, Tom Barrasso, Tyler Myers, Jeff Skinner and Chris Drury.

The NHL Awards show is June 19 in Las Vegas.

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