Bunting, Seider and Zegras, Calder Trophy 2022 finalists

The NHL has made public the names of the three players who opt for the 2022 Calder Memorial Trophy that rewards the best debutant in the league in its regular phase, Michael Bunting (Toronto Maple Leafs), Moritz Seider (Detroit Red Wings) and Trevor Zegras (Anaheim Ducks). Few surprises, the players who led the predictions and bets before this announcement, form the shortlist, which once the vote is carried out by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PWHA for its acronym in English) which will be the winner of the same.

Michael Bunting (Toronto Maple Leafs)

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Some may argue that playing in a line next to Austin Matthews Y mitch marner has given the Leafs’ rookie forward an advantage, but playing in a front row with teammates of that caliber is not for free and Bunting has justified every second he has shared the ice with that tremendous company.

His points mark as a rookie is the third in the history of the Leafs behind of course, Austin Matthews and the Slovakian Peter Ihnačák, and among rookies like him, he has been the second highest assister, second in the over/under ranking and shared second with Zegras in goals.

One of the net contributors to Toronto’s good seasonwhich he hopes to round off in a postseason that has started with a gigantic duel against the champions Tampa Bay.

Moritz Seider (Detroit Red Wings)

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Few doubt that the German defender will be the one to take home the trophy. once the result of the vote is made public. At 20 years old he has entered the Wings scene in a big way, he has played all 82 games in the regular league, present on the ice in special teams and an average of 23:03 minutes on the ice worthy of a veteran defenseman.

His 50 points (7G, 43A), is the third mark among rookie defensemen in the last 50 years of the NHL.

Trevor ZegrasAnaheim Ducks

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The striker of Anaheim Ducks combines effectiveness as a player with an ability to put on a show that is available to very few.

Anaheim, after making him play his first games in the final phase of the shortened previous season, seriously bet on the young American striker and he has responded with play and goals to the trust placed in him, becoming the main prop on which they want to rebuild the ones in Southern California. Undoubtedly a league star candidate sooner rather than later.