Fantasy Hockey Poll: Early Calder Finalists

Rick Roos

2021-11-03

I have a few polls in mind, but they need more games to have been played before it would make sense to vote on them. For now, it's time to put on your prognosticator hats to choose who you think will be the best rookies for 2021-22. Specifically, you should vote for the three players you believe will be Calder Finalists. Now I realize that the "best rookies" in terms of fantasy might not always equate to the "best rookies" when it comes to Calder voting, so keep in mind you're voting on the latter – the Calder Finalists.

When casting your votes, be sure to choose exactly three of the 19 choices, as, of course, there will be that many Calder finalists. Note also, however, that I've included a "one or more rookies not listed" option as the 20th voting choice, which you should select either as your lone vote (i.e., if you think none of the 19 listed players will be a Calder finalist), or one of your two votes (i.e., if you think only one of the 19 listed players will be a Calder finalist, and two won't) or one of your three votes (i.e., if you think only two of the 19 listed players will be Calder finalists, and one won't).

With that out of the way, here are the 19 choices listed in alphabetical order. The link to cast your votes will be at the end of the column.

Bowen Byram

The Colorado blueline already has young phenom Cale Makar plus a "second banana" in Samuel Girard who'd likely be good enough to be top dog on many teams. Still though, Byram is doing what he can to succeed despite PP scraps, reinforcing just how talented he is and making a case for an expanded role.

Alexandre Carrier

Logging over 20:00 per game despite his rookie status, Carrier looks like he might be the one to most benefit from the exodus of Ryan Ellis, rather than defensive partner Mattias Ekholm. Yet with barely any PP time and a low SOG per game rate, it's not clear if he can post numbers that would allow him to enter the Calder picture.

Cole Caufield

[Editor's Note: This column was submitted before Caufield was sent down to the AHL – He could be back up very soon with some renewed confidence]

Arguably the Calder favorite before the season began, Caufield has been slow out of the gate. It might be that the presence of