The Journey: Early Check-In on Calder Projections, Part 3 (Pinto, Clarke, Johnston, Edvinsson, Guhle)
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, we will conclude this three-part check-in on my Calder Trophy projections for the Dobber Fantasy Guide by discussing some rookies I would add to my Top 25 list now with the added context of a month of hockey.
In case you missed it, check out Part 1 of this Calder Check-In, which includes analysis on Calen Addison (MIN), Matty Beniers (SEA), Dylan Guenther (ARI), Dylan Holloway (EDM), Alexander Holtz (NJD), Kent Johnson (CBJ), Mattias Maccelli (ARI), and Mason McTavish (ANA). Part 2 covers Cole Perfetti (WPG), John-Jason Peterka (BUF), Owen Power (BUF), Marco Rossi (MIN), Jake Sanderson (OTT), Juraj Slafkovsky (MON), Jack Quinn (BUF), Shane Wright (SEA), and more.
Many of these rookies are approaching their critical tenth NHL game that burns the first year of their entry-level contract. If they play past nine games, that is a strong sign that they will stick in the NHL for the rest of the year—a feat that is obviously critical to win the Calder.
Here are the rookie scoring leaders (as of this morning):