Forwards Trevor Zegras and Michael Bunting, along with defenseman Moritz Seider, are the three Calder Trophy finalists this year, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced on Wednesday.
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For his part, Zegras has stunned many fans and infuriated his rivals with his spectacular Michigan-style goals. Able to place the puck inside the net like a lacrosse player, he scored 23 goals and 38 assists for 61 points in 75 outings. He is the third Anaheim Ducks skater to be among the three candidates for the Calder, the others being Paul Kariya (1994-1995) and Bobby Ryan (2008-2009). The center established a Bettman League rookie high with nine power-play goals.
Finally, Seider had 50 points in 82 games for the Detroit Red Wings. His 43 assists are the most for a rookie this year. The sixth pick in the 2019 Entry Draft played 1,889 minutes, the highest total among first-year players. No one on the Wings side has pocketed the trophy since Roger Crozier in 1964-65.
The identity of the winner will be revealed later in the playoffs.