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The Calder Trophy Race

Victor Hedman
Text: Allan Muir,
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Victor Hedman

D, Tampa Bay Lightning hockey writer Allan Muir handicaps the Calder Trophy race as the regular season enters its final month. Here's a look at 10 notable rookies, in order of their chances of winning the award.

No one's going to label the second-overall pick a bust, but watching Hedman struggle as the season's worn on highlights just how difficult the transition can be for a rookie defender...especially one coming over from Europe. An impact performer over the first couple months of the campaign, Hedman's confidence has been slowly whittled away as his poor puck and positioning decisions mount. He has too much talent not to figure it out eventually, but the learning curve's been a bit too steep for the 19-year-old Swede.

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