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Nearing the halfpoint of the lockout-shortened 48-game schedule, there is no clear-cut favorite to take home the Calder Trophy, but here's who's in contention.
1 Vladimir Tarasenko
The 16th pick in the 2010 draft scored his first goal less than seven minutes into the opener, a 6--0 win over the Red Wings. But it was his second, just under 14 minutes later, that made people take notice. From the left boards, the 21-year-old Tarasenko weaved through defenseman Kyle Quincey and beat goalie Jimmy Howard high to the stick side. He's the early favorite for the Calder Trophy this season, but at week's end, concussion symptoms had sidelined him for four straight games.
2 Justin Schultz
The 22-year-old became a sought-after free agent last summer after he de-registered from Wisconsin and was unable to come to terms with the Ducks. Schultz moves the puck well, is calm under pressure and, above all, is a game-changer on the power play. At week's end, four of his five goals had come with a man advantage, helping Edmonton, last in the league in even-strength scoring, to the third best power play in the West (21.5%).
3 Nail Yakupov
The top pick in the 2012 draft, the 19-year-old Russian sniper entered the league with great expectations. So far, though, his most indelible moment was an over-the-top goal celebration against the Kings on Jan. 24.