Matthews, Laine and Werenski are Calder Trophy finalists

Paola Ditto
Aprile 22, 2017

Just a day after his 19th birthday, Patrik Laine has been named as one of three players in the running for the 2016-17 Calder Trophy.

Laine ranked second among rookies with 36 goals and 64 points in 73 games - both single-season franchise records for a first-year player.

Despite Laine and Werenski's terrific seasons, though, this award will more than likely go to Matthews. Laine became the first player in National Hockey League history to post three hat tricks prior to his 19th birthday as well as being the first rookie (at any age) to notch three hat tricks in one season since 1992-93.

That 0.88 point-per-game pace led all NHL rookies, and his 17.6 per cent shooting percentage was near the top of the league. Meanwhile, Matthews recorded 40 goals and 69 points in 82 games this season while Werenski had 11 goals and 47 points in 78 games as a defenceman.

The 2016-17 victor of the Calder Trophy will be announced on Wednesday, June 21 during the 2017 NHL Awards Show from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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