Hawks' Saad a Calder Trophy finalist
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Blackhawks rookie left winger Brandon Saad on Monday was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy, which goes annually to the NHL’s top rookie.
Saad, Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher and Florida forward Jonathan Huberdeau were named the three finalists. The award winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup Finals.
The 20-year-old Saad had 27 points on 10 goals and 17 assists in 46 games playing on the first line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.
He led all rookies in plus-minus (plus-17), ranked third in assists and was fifth in points. He shared fifth in goals.
It’s the third time in the last six years that a member of the Hawks has been nominated for the award. Toews and Patrick Kane were finalists in 2007-08 and Kris Versteeg in 2008-09.
Previous Hawks to win the Calder Trophy were Mike Karakas (1935-36), Cully Dahlstrom (1937-38), Ed Litzenberger (1954-55), Bill Hay (1959-60), Tony Esposito (1969-70), Steve Larmer (1982-83), Ed Belfour (1990-91) and Kane (2007-08).