The Journey: Calder Race Check-in & NCAA Standouts

Hadi Kalakeche


Welcome back to The Journey, where we follow hockey prospects and their paths to the NHL, providing Fantasy predictions and analysis along the way.

This week, I wanted to circle back to the Calder trophy race and highlight the prospects who have set themselves up to win the award. It's early on — some prospects haven't even played their fifth NHL game — but with players such as William Eklund and Hendrix Lapierre being returned to their development clubs in order to save a year of their contract, the race  is becoming a bit clearer.

First off, we'll start with the rookie scoring leader, the Red Wings' very own Lucas Raymond.

Lucas Raymond, RW — Detroit Red Wings

The Swedish winger has managed to anchor himself onto the top line with Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi, the Wings' best center and left winger respectively. As a result, the prospect has tallied 14 points through his first 14 games, using his deceptive and quick skating to find soft ice all over the offensive zone. His ability to release the puck quickly and accurately has made him a staple of the Wings' top power-play unit, along with the next player on this list. For me, he's the most likely prospect to win the Calder, but he wouldn't be my pick.

Moritz Seider, RD — Detroit Red Wings

Another Red Wing makes the Calder shortlist; Seider would be the player I'd award the Calder to. I have never seen a 20-year-old defenseman enter this league and just make it seem like a piece of cake. Seider's ability to identify and stifle threats in the quickest, most efficient way possible makes hockey se