Consolation Prize: Gaudreau Named To All-Rookie Team

He didn’t win the Calder Memorial Trophy, but Calgary Flames rookie sensation Johnny Gaudreau was honoured by the National Hockey League at the annual year-end awards.

Gaudreau was one of six freshmen named to the league’s All-Rookie Team.

One of two runners-up for the NHL’s award for top rookie, Gaudreau joined St. Louis goalie Jake Allen, defenders Aaron Ekblad (of Florida) and John Klingberg (of Dallas), and forwards Mark Stone (of Ottawa) and Filip Forsberg (of Nashville) as the league’s honourees. [Aside: I’d love to see the balloting break-down, because where art thou, Michael Hutchinson?]

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Gaudreau is the latest in a fairly length list of Flames named to the All-Rookie Team:

  • 2005-06: Dion Phaneuf
  • 1997-98: Derek Morris
  • 1996-97: Jarome Iginla
  • 1989-90: Sergei Makarov
  • 1987-88: Joe Nieuwendyk
  • 1985-86: Gary Suter
  • 1983-84: Hakan Loob and Jamie Macoun

Most of them turned out to have pretty decent careers, I’d say.

  • RKD

    Too bad Johnny Hockey didn’t win but he still had a great season and is a great player. He brings elite skill to the team and will be a force for years to come.

  • OKG

    I get why Ekblad won it.. he was the favorite all season.

    But in Johnny’s case; not only was he undersized and played on a worse possession team, but his role took a huge leap this year, he wasn’t very sheltered during the second half of the season and was a big reason that we had success.

    A lot of people say Johnny’s over rated, but we all know different.

    • piscera.infada

      It doesn’t matter man. More fuel for Gaudreau’s fire. I’ll admit, I was somewhat taken aback that Stone finished higher in voting than Gaudreau, but I mean, in the end all these awards just come down to an official popularity contest for bloated-headed writers.

      Would it be different if voted on by players, coaches, and management? Perhaps, but whatever. If Johnny chooses to use it as motivation–as I assume he has most of his career–he’ll be winning the awards that matter in no time.

  • piscera.infada

    Too bad for johnny but maybe better for Treliving when negotiating his next contract. Johnny’s gonna get paid either way but having a Calder on his resume
    Definitely would have increased the price