Calder Memorial Trophy
The NHL Awards Ceremony was held in Las Vegas on June 20. Voting for the Rookie of the Year Award known as the Calder Memorial Trophy finishes after the regular season and before the playoffs. Finalist Adam Henrique of The New Jersey Devils was just getting started. After stepping in for the injured Travis Zajac, Henrique seamlessly played alongside Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk on the first line. He went on to score the most points per game among rookies and deserved to be the third New Jersey Devil to win the Calder after Martin Brodeur and Scott Gomez. However, he was edged in voting by Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche. Then came the playoffs and Adam Henrique really started to shine. His five playoff goals and eight assists were huge. His overtime goals were monumental and historic. There is absolutely no question who the NHL’s best first year player is.
Two days later, the NHL’s brass is in Pittsburgh for the NHL Draft. What happened here for the New Jersey Devils is kind of difficult to comprehend.
The Devils must forfeit a first round pick soon as punishment for the Ilya Kovalchuk deal and decide to hold on to their 29th overall first round pick this year. They select a 6’2” 210 pound 18 year old left handed center who is in his second season in the US National Team Development Program scoring 32 points in 46 games. Great. His name? Stefan Matteau.
Son of the Stephane Matteau. Born a couple months before his father, well, you know. And picked for the Devils a month after Jersey’s Team returned the favor. If this Stefan is going to turn this last name of his into a favorable word associated with the New Jersey Devils, he has his work cut out for him.
Next year the Prudential Center will host the NHL Draft. This will be a very exiting event to accommodate. All of hockey’s bosses and scouts will be in Newark to perform a huge part of their teams’ success on the ice. Newark’s feel of a hockey town will continue after the playoffs and show off what a great city it is for entertaining.
For already the second time, the Prudential Center is home of the NBA Draft and is the center of attention of the basketball world. This time, without even it’s own team. Newark is definitely a huge basketball city in a huge basketball state and is the perfect host to the NBA event.
This year for the first time ever, the first and second picks were teammates in college. Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went to New Orleans and Charlotte respectively. The New Orleans Hornets notably improved their ranks with another first round pick: 10th overall Austin Rivers. Austin Rivers was the hopeful target of the Boston Celtics, coached by father Doc Rivers.