Dallas Stars: Gabriel Landeskog

Calder Trophy finalists

April, 20, 2012
The NHL started announcing finalists for regular season awards today and first up was the Calder Trophy, which goes to the top rookie. The finalists are New Jersey's Adam Henrique, Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog and Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Here's the release from the NHL:
Center Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils, left wing Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Calder Trophy, which is awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils

A third-round pick by the Devils in 2008 and winner of back-to-back Memorial Cups with the OHL Windsor Spitfires in 2009 and 2010, Henrique filled a crucial void in the Devils lineup following an Achilles injury to No. 1 center Travis Zajac, who missed all but 15 games this season. Henrique made the most of his opportunity by tallying 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) in 74 games, mostly centering wings Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk. He led all rookies in assists and shorthanded goals (four), ranked third in rookie scoring and posted the NHL's longest point streak among freshmen (seven games, Nov. 25 to Dec. 8).

Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche

Selected second overall at the 2011 NHL Draft, Landeskog assumed a leading role on an Avalanche club that improved by 20 points over its 2010-11 total. Landeskog posted 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists) in 82 games, capturing the rookie scoring title in a tie-breaker over Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (18-34--52) on the basis of more goals. Landeskog ranked second among rookies in goals and third in assists, making him the only rookie among the top three in all three categories. The 19-year-old left wing led all rookies and set a Colorado franchise record with 270 shots on goal and was the only rookie to lead his club in goals.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers

A spectacular start to his NHL career quickly ended speculation where Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, would spend the 2011-12 season. He notched the game-tying goal in the season opener against Pittsburgh, tallied a hat trick in his third career game and became the first 18-year-old in League history to tally five assists in one game, against Chicago on Nov. 19. Nugent-Hopkins went on to finish in a tie for first place among rookies in points with 52 (18 goals, 34 assists) despite missing 20 games due to injury. His point-per-game average of .84 was the best among rookies.
The Dallas Stars got a new owner Friday, but it didn’t snap the team out its current funk. The Stars lost their fourth straight game and they were shutout for the second straight game, falling 3-0 to the Colorado Avalanche in Denver Friday night.

“We’ve just got to throw pucks at the net. We need some dirty goals and we need some luck to go our way,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow.

The Stars haven’t scored a goal in the last 147:49 and have scored just three goals during their four-game slide, which has left them 11-7-0 on the season.

Despite Friday’s setback, the Stars did see improvement over Tuesday’s 6-0 loss to Florida at American Airlines Center.

“It was better,” said Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 42 of 44 shots. “The Florida game was terrible all the way around. I think we were better today. We just have to keep working.”

But there were concerns as well. The territorial advantage went to the Avalanche, who outshot the Stars by a 45-24 margin.

“I think we did some better things. I think the discouraging thing is that we are not winning any of our individual battles,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “If you’re not going to win your own one-on-one battles then there is really nothing you can do. You have to win battles, get to pucks, hold them and start cycles. It seems that if we get a puck chipped into our end on the forecheck they keep it in for 30 seconds. We chip one in their end, get on it and we’re in there for five. You can’t have it going that way all the time. I think each guy’s battle level has to come up.”

The Avalanche outshot the Stars 16-4 in the first 20 minutes and scored the only goal of the first 20 minutes. Ryan Wilson’s point shot was deflected into the net by Chuck Kobasew 6:10 into the game.

“He tipped it there in front of me. Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t,” said Lehtonen.

There was no scoring in the second period, but the Stars did create some good scoring chances, but couldn’t get a puck past Avalanche J-S Giguere.

“We probably had a lot of the play in the second period, we just didn’t get the bounce we needed,” Morrow said. “We were generating opportunities and getting good cycles, but probably didn’t get the puck to the net as much. We controlled it, we just couldn’t put it in areas where we could score.”

Colorado cashed in on a power play with 5:26 left in the third to make it a 2-0 game. With Morrow in the penalty box for cross-checking, Paul Stastny scored off the rebound of a Gabriel Landeskog shot. Matt Duchene added an empty-net power play goal with five seconds remaining to make it a 3-0 final.

The Avalanche, who snapped a three-game losing streak, won for just the third time at home this season (3-6-0).

“We’ve been playing hard lately and not been getting much success. We did a lot of good things tonight,” said Giguere, who stopped 24 shots for his first shutout in two seasons, “We shot a lot of pucks, our power play came through at the end, we stayed disciplined and we played well defensively. It was the type of game we have to play at home.”


*Stars forward Steve Ott returned to the lineup after missing the previous six games with a hip injury.

*Krys Barch and Philip Larsen were healthy scratches for the Stars.

*Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he was leaning towards starting goalie Andrew Raycroft in Saturday’s game against San Jose, but a final decision would come on Saturday.

NHL Draft profile: Gabriel Landeskog

June, 6, 2011
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects in the NHL Entry Draft focuses on Gabriel Landeskog, a Swedish left wing who plays with Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League.