Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and a pair of Chicago Blackhawks — right wing Patrick Kane and center Jonathan Toews — are the three finalists for the Calder Trophy in 2007-08, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," the National Hockey League announced today.
This marks the second consecutive season in which two players from the same club are Calder Trophy finalists. In 2006-07, the Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal finished first and third, respectively, in the voting.>> team release
Good choices, overall. This will be a very tight vote.