The season hasn’t started yet but like very year there’s a bunch of kids making the NHL and winning the Calder Trophy. This trophy signifies that the kid will probably have a great career in the NHL, some exceptions apply, Sergei Samsonov and Andrew Raycroft just to name a few. Even without any games played this year there’s already a few names that pops up for this prestigious award, Jonathan Drouin being the most obvious one out of them all. But there’s always a few names that surprisingly comes up at the end of the season and this is what this article is about.
John Gibson (G), Anaheim Ducks
Gibson as been a solid prospect since he’s been drafted by the Anaheim Ducks 39th overall in 2011, but last year he showed that he might have what it takes to be the number one tender for the Ducks as soon as this year. With Jonah Hiller having less then average playoffs, Bruce Boudreau went to Frederik Andersen. This didn’t work… So Bruce used is 2nd backup goaltender, John Gibson. At only 21 years old Gibson had to face the best in the world during playoffs, he didn’t make the team win but he showed he was a solid goaltender and will have a bright future in this league.
Probably the best propesct in the Reinhart family, Griffin was drafted by the NY Islanders 4th overall in 2012. He’s a solid D-men in junior but now that his junior days are over he needs to proves that he belongs in the BIG league. At 6’4” and 217 pounds, he sure as the physic for the job and the Islanders can surely afford to put this guy on their roster to make him a great defensemen as soon as possible. Not big on offense but amazing at shutting down the opponent.
Mantha was a big part of the Junior team that represented Canada last Christmas at the World Juniors Hockey Championship. During is fourth season with the Val d’Or Foreurs he not only at an average of 2 points per game but he also had 57 goals in 57 games so there’s no doubt that this kid is a goal scorer. He unfortunately broke a leg during training camp this year so he will be missing around 6 weeks of hockey, the only question now is will the Wings give him a chance or send him back to the Q and dominate the league?
It’s looking to be a promising season with all the kids getting faster into the big leaguer more then ever!