What Are the Realistic Chances Lucas Raymond Wins the Calder?

Lucas Raymond for the Detroit Red Wings. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Lucas Raymond for the Detroit Red Wings. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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Trevor Zegras.
Trevor Zegras. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Race For the Calder Trophy

There are some really talented players making their case for winning the Calder Trophy but who actually wins has become quite the debate.

Trevor Zegras

Trevor Zegras wasn’t even a guarentee to make the roster coming into the year. I think it’s safe to say that he has earned his place in this league. So far this season Zegras has played in 65 games for the Anaheim Ducks. In those 65 games, he has 18 goals 33 assists for a total of 51 points.

Trevor Zegras has become a NHL favorite given his skill and skating ability- and easily put- I’ve not met anyone who dislikes Trevor Zegras. Well, other than John Tortorella. After he pulled off the ‘Flying Z’ pass or whatever the official name for the pass was, he was on everyone’s radar. Shortly after pulling off that move, Zegras then actually completed the Michigan.

Since that point, it really feels as though Zegras will win the Calder trophy. However, there are still three other candidates who have made a strong case.

Michael Bunting

Michael Bunting couldn’t have really been put into a better situation than the one he is in now. Playing on the Maple Leafs first line with Auston Matthews, and Mitchell Marner, his job is rather easy.

So far this season, Bunting has played in 70 games for the Maple Leafs and has produced very well. Once again, he doesn’t have to do much given the talent around him, but he has had quite the season nonetheless.

In the 70 games that Bunting has played in he has scored 20 goals, 35 assists for a total of 55 points. Those stats, being as good as they are for a rookie is still pretty good. What’s even better is the fact that Bunting currently has a +/- of +21.

Moritz Seider

Moritz Seider is the only defenseman up for the Calder trophy and what’s even crazier is the fact that he has more assists than both Bunting and Zegras. Both of which are forwards. Maybe you don’t find that crazy, but it’s pretty impressive. Now, with that being said- Seider does only have five goals which is quite far off from Zegras’ 18, and Bunting’s 20.

Seider is one of the most loved players in hockey. Well, when your not playing against him that is. His show with Joe Veleno(The MoJoe Show), has made him a fan favorite to all Red Wings fans. But more so than that, he is just a great player.

With an offensive skill-set that allows him to quite literally move the puck past defenseman and get shots off from the inside, drive to the net, and take one timers from the wing and the perimeter.

If Moritz Seider takes home the Calder Trophy I don’t think many fans at all would be disappointed.