“Definitely feels good” – Michael Bunting, Trevor Zegras, and Moritz Seider named 2021-22 Calder Trophy finalists

Michael Bunting, Trevor Zegras, and Moritz Seider were named finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy Award on Wednesday.

Calder Trophy Award Finalists
Calder Trophy Award Finalists

Michael Bunting of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Trevor Zegras of Anaheim Ducks, and Moritz Seider of the Detroit Red Wings have been voted as the three finalists for the 2021-22 Calder Memorial Trophy Award. The award is mostly given “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League (NHL).”

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association voted on the Calder participants at the conclusion of the regular season. Last season it was Minnesota Wild’s Kirill Kaprizov who won the award. The 2021-22 National Hockey League Award winners will be named during the Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Finale.

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Calder Memorial Trophy Finalists – 2021-22

Calder Trophy Award Finalists
Calder Trophy Award Finalists

Michael Bunting led NHL rookies in 63 points, 40 assists, and 23 goals in 79 games during this season. He had 175 shots on goal in 15:33 of ice time per game. He helped the Leafs finish with 54-21-7 with Toronto records for wins and points and cleared the way for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 6th straight season. Bunting exclaimed, 

“It definitely feels good,” Bunting said. “It was a lot of fun this season and I had some success. … It’s been quite the journey to get to the NHL for me and I was able to make it and solidify myself and I just kept that same attitude every single day night in and night out here. I think I did a pretty good job.”

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Toronto Maple Leafs Coach, Sheldon Keefe said, “It’s terrific for him and his family”. “Especially when it’s the Calder Trophy, it’s your first year in the NHL, so it’s a testament to the journey you’ve been through. For a guy like him, it’s taken him a lot longer so he’s had to put in a lot more work and had to stay resilient and continue to believe in himself. He’s had to take advantage of opportunities that come his way, yet he’s had to earn those opportunities. When you look at our situation, he plays a lot of the season with Matthews and [Mitchell] Marner but he didn’t start there. He earned that.”

The 21-year-old forward, Trevor Zegras finished second in points, tied for second in goals, and third in assists among rookies in 75 games for the Ducks this season, with 61/23/38 respectively, according to nhl.com. On the other hand, Moritz Seider led rookie defenceman with 50 points, 43 assists, and 7 goals. He ranked 4th on the Red Wings in points and was the 3rd Detroit rookie defenceman to score 50 points in a season.

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