Oddsmakers: Johnny Gaudreau now favoured to win Calder Trophy

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On the heels of being named the NHL’s rookie of the year for March, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, 21, is now the odds on favorite to take home the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s rookie of the year, according to on-line sports book bodog.ca.

Read on past the jump.

In addition to securing rookie of the month honours for March, Gaudreau recently leapfrogged past Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg, 20, to take sole possession of the rookie scoring race. While Forsberg and the Predators’ top-line have cooled off of late, Gaudreau has continued to fill the net at a dizzying clip for an undersized 21-year-old. 

In the month of March, Gaudreau managed to score seven goals while contributing nine assists and recording three multi-point games. In comparison Forsberg scored just two goals in the month of March, while managing only five assists for the flagging Predators.

Here are the full rookie of the year odds, courtesy bodog.ca:

Who will win the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year?

Johnny Gaudreau (CAL) 4/7
Filip Forsberg (NAS) 7/4
Mike Hoffman (OTT) 6/1
Aaron Ekblad (FLA) 8/1

With Gaudreau getting hot at the right time and helping to lead the upstart Flames to a probable berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs, it would seem that the Calder Trophy is his to lose. Or at least that’s how the sports books see it. 

  • redricardo

    Gaudreau plays in the west. Ekblad plays in the east.

    I’m fully expecting Ekblad to get this trophy. Kinda like when Samsanov beat out Iginla for the Calder.

    • McRib

      When we look back on the storied careers of Jarome Iginla and JOSE THEODORE!!!! Rest assured the most deserving player will have a Hart Trophy in his Trophy case to reflect back on… NOT!!! Thanks Eastern media bias!!!! Also why I believe that giving Goaltenders the Hart Trophy is a slippery slope… cough cough Carey Price. Goaltenders always get the credit for wins, no need to give them the only one of the three major awards that a forward can win.

    • Rockmorton65

      essentially, 7/4 odds means you’d have to bet $7 to win $4. You’d have to bet more money than you’d win. With those odds, you’d be a fool to bet against them, which is what they’re saying about Johnny.

  • The Last Big Bear

    All these young American kids chew their mouth guards like that.

    I don’t know why they do it.

    But it irritates the crap out of me on the bench…

  • The Last Big Bear

    Not to jinx but I for one am astounded that JG has lasted an entire season without injury. If you would have told me that a 5’6’ish 150lb (ish) forward could withstand a full season of hockey with the best and biggest in the world, I would have taken those odds. Truth be told, he hasn’t even been hit hard all year. That’s a testament to Johnny’s radar and judgment to not go into areas where he shouldn’t. I guess being the smallest kid in your league since you were five has a way of doing that.

  • Derzie

    The NHL is all about marketing the game. Hockey writers are all about the stories that sell more stories. What does giving it to Forsberg or Ekblad accomplish? You are basically saying that only a top-ranked pick will win the trophy.

    Don’t you think that a great story like Johnny’s makes for numerous print/blog/web stories? Little Johnny Hockey growing up in a small American town, chasing skittles, being told he was too small every step of the way, scoring in his first NHL game, earning a NHL roster spot the following year out of camp, two-time winner of Rookie of the Month, etc.

    Do you think there is any argument with giving the award to Johnny? Much less to justify than giving it to a lesser scoring defenseman in a failed hockey market.

    • The Last Big Bear

      You bring up some valid points.

      However, I see your “rational discussion”, and raise you “Erik Karlsson is the best defenseman in the world”.

      The only discussion generated by many of the awards is the discussion about how the members of the professional hockey writers association collectively have absolutely no business talking about hockey to anyone.

      I’d rather have All-Star Game style Internet fan voting for player awards, instead of these tools.