[tps_header]Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year): Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche[/tps_header]
MacKinnon, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, was far and away the NHL’s most outstanding rookie this season. He led all rookies in a number of statistical categories, including goals (24), assists (39), points (63), power-play goals (eight), shots (241), and game-winning goals (five). Not only that, but he also broke Wayne Gretzky’s long-standing record for longest point streak by an 18-year old by recording a point in 13 consecutive contests.
MacKinnon was undoubtedly a huge factor in the Avalanche’s surprising success this season, and appears to have all the necessary tools to be an elite NHL player for years to come. Being that he was the first pick in the draft, there were obviously high expectations for MacKinnon, but it’s hard to imagine anyone predicted this level of success this quickly.