Quick rundown of the three nominees for this year's Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year), announced on Tuesday:
- Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks (22 years old) - 79gp 32g-24a 56p +18 8gwg
- Michael Grabner, New York Islanders (23 years old) - 76gp 34g-18a 52p +13 3gwg
- Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes (18 years old) - 82gp 31g-32a 63p +3 2gwg
This will undoubtedly be - surprise, surprise - a contentious debate among fans of the Florida Panthers, given the club's extraordinarily short history with one of the finalists.
Had I a vote to cast, it would go Skinner's way; a far lower age and higher point total on a ho-hum Canes squad skew it in his favor.