Tyler Myers wins Calder Trophy


tylermyers.jpgIn one of the more heavily-debated awards amongst media and fans, it turns out that Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers really didn’t have much in the way of competition on the way to winning the NHL’s Calder Trophy as the top rookie. Here’s how the voting breakdown went.

                        Pts.        (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
        1.        Tyler Myers, BUF        1178        (94-29-5-3-1)
        2.        Jimmy Howard, DET        778        (24-45-34-16-5)
        3.        Matt Duchene, COL        755        (12-42-53-25-1)
        4.        Tuukka Rask, BOS        339        (2-14-19-31-33)
        5.        John Tavares, NYI        303        (0-2-18-50-49)
        6.        Niclas Bergfors, ATL        30        (0-0-2-2-14)
        7.        Jamie Benn, DAL        20        (0-0-1-2-9)
        8.        Michael Del Zotto, NYR        15        (0-1-0-0-8)
        9.        Victor Hedman, T.B.        6        (0-0-1-0-1)
        10.        Evander Kane, ATL        6        (0-0-0-1-3)
        11.        Johnny Boychuk, BOS        3        (0-0-0-1-0)
                Cody Franson, NSH        3        (0-0-0-1-0)
        13.        T.J. Galiardi, COL        3        (0-0-0-0-3)
                James van Riemsdyk, PHI        3        (0-0-0-0-3)
        15.        Tyler Bozak, TOR        2        (0-0-0-0-2)


Myers taking home the award by 400 points and having 70 more first place votes than Jimmy Howard, the voters enthusiastically said that Myers was their man and who can argue with what the 20 year-old defenseman did this year and sound logical.

The 6’8″, 222-lb. defenseman led the Sabres in ice time per game (23:44), three minutes more than blueline partner Henrik Tallinder who ranked second. He shared second place on the club in plus-minus (+13) and was fifth in scoring (11-37–48). Myers ranked at or near the top in several rookie categories, including average ice time (first), shorthanded time (first, 3:04), assists (first), blocked shots (first, 137), plus-minus (T-second) and points (third). He also was one of four rookies to play all 82 games.

Those are mammoth stats but, as always, there’s a hint of controversy as Detroit’s Jimmy Howard put up stellar numbers of his own this season but folks wondered aloud if a 26 year-old should win the rookie of the year award. You have to wonder if that age discrepancy played into the voters minds, but it’s not as if Myers is undeserving. Sometimes it’s nice to have that many great finalists, especially ones that are that young.

Video: Josh Ho-Sang’s creativity gives Islanders a shot in the arm

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Honestly, after 10 games, the question shouldn’t be “can Josh Ho-Sang stick with the Islanders full-time?” Instead, the feeling is … what took so long for him to get this chance?

For all the grumbling about Ho-Sang sporting number 66, he’s provided serious bursts of brilliance and creativity for the Islanders, whether he’s been supporting or even setting up John Tavares.

The video above is some really good stuff, as it walks through his confident comments – and undeniable uncertainty – during the night he was drafted, all the way through him getting his chance with the Isles this season. Some of the best stuff comes from Doug Weight, who raves that Ho-Sang is a “five out of five” from an offensive standpoint.

Auston Matthews’ 33rd goal includes a dash of comedy (Video)

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This wouldn’t have been worth a chuckle if not for the correction. (Well, maybe a chuckle at Auston Matthews‘ expense.)

On the 33rd goal of his brilliant rookie season, Auston Matthews made it 2-0 for Toronto on the power play. Crusty “act like you’ve been there” types might grumble that he actually celebrated before a goal really happened, only to tap it in for real the second time around. The rest of us, again, get a mild chuckle.

William Nylander‘s pass was nothing to laugh at, however. That one just gets a big thumbs up.

Hnnngmgghh indeed.

That goal could end up being key as the Blue Jackets quickly scored to start the second period, shrinking Toronto’s lead to 2-1 on Wednesday.

Video: Leafs’ Carrick delivers thunderous hit on Blue Jackets’ Anderson

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Both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs have motivation to win their Wednesday game, but the Maple Leafs need it more.

So far, it shows, too.

The Maple Leafs have raced off to a 2-0 lead, with Auston Matthews scoring his 33rd goal of the season. If generating such offense didn’t highlight the urgency, Connor Carrick‘s huge hit on Josh Anderson makes a compelling argument. Witness that big impact in the video above.

There was also another high-impact moment when Nick Foligno went crashing into the boards:

Ouch, Blues consider Paul Stastny out week-to-week

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The St. Louis Blues announced that Paul Stastny is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

Stastny was limited to less than four minutes of ice time during last night’s 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche. Initially, head coach Mike Yeo indicated that the issue wasn’t serious.

There are only about three weeks left in the regular season, so it’s tough to tell if “week-to-week” would mean that the Blues will be without Stastny for any playoff time.

With Stastny out for an expended period of time and other injuries affecting Blues forwards, it sounds like Nail Yakupov gets another chance to prove himself:

Stastny generated 18 goals and 40 points in 66 games so far this season. He has played more of a defensive role this season (46.2 offensive zone start percentage after being closer to 50 earlier in his Blues days) and has been impressive in the dot, winning 53.8 of his faceoffs.