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2023/24 NHL season: Calder Trophy favourites

First-year NHL players are competing for the Calder Trophy honouring the league's top rookie, but the award looks to have already been wrapped up, perhaps to nobody's surprise.

Here are the current Calder Trophy winner odds.

2023/24 NHL Calder Trophy odds

Connor Bedard

-2500

The field

+1100

Connor Bedard -2500

Given the hype that surrounded Connor Bedard coming into the NHL, there were big expectations on him winning this award right from the off, even if there were very little, if any, on the Chicago Blackhawks doing anything of note. And the No1 Pick was justifying favouritism with his odds continuing to shorten as he was making all the right noises on the ice.

The potential problem came when he suffered a broken jaw in January that saw him miss around six weeks of action, including the All Star game, giving his rivals the opportunity to at least close the gap.

However, none of them were really able to take advantage of the chance that came their way, and now Bedard is back on the ice.

Bedard made a quietly confident return to action as he averaged a point per game with two goals and five assists in February, but he has stepped on the gas in March with three goals and eight assists in seven games so far.

The 18-year-old leads all rookies with 51 points - 13 clear of his nearest challenger - and goals (20), while he is second in assists with 31, despite the Blackhawks' continuing struggles as a team with their record of 18-44-5 the second worst in the NHL, better only than the San Jose Sharks (16-43-7).

Bedard of course leads Chicago in all three point-scoring categories while he averages the most time on ice per game of any forward on the roster.

If the door was left open when he suffered his injury, he may well have shut it, locked it and thrown away the key now that he is back.

The field +1100

Brock Faber

Although second place might be all that these players are playing for, there have been some impressive performances from other rookies around the league, not least from Brock Faber.

The last couple of months have seen less production from the Minnesota Wild defenceman, with nine points (two goals and seven assists) from 19 games since the start of February, but the 21-year-old has established himself as a key player in the lineup.

Faber leads all rookies with 32 assists while he is second to Bedard with 38 points, tallies good enough for 20th and 25th respectively for all defencemen in the NHL. Those figures rank third and fifth for Minnesota, but he is clearly depended on by the Wild as he has played every game and averages more than a minute more on the ice than any of his teammates.

The Wild still have the chance of a Wild Card place - lying three points behind the Vegas Golden Knights, and Faber's play may well be key to them chasing down a postseason spot.

Marco Rossi

Another rookie making a splash for the Wild is centre Marco Rossi, although, like his teammate Faber, his production has cooled over the last couple of months.

Still, the 22-year-old is second amongst all rookies for goals (18), third for points (35) and tied-sixth for assists (17), which sees him at fourth, seventh and eighth for Minnesota, despite coming from an average TOI/GP of 16.27.

Although he is unlikely to get close to Bedard, he may well make the top three and unlike the favourite, he might yet have a postseason to enjoy.

Luke Hughes

Luke Hughes made a very positive start to his NHL career but, like others on this list, his offensive production has tailed off, as he has registered just seven points (all assists) in 20 games across February and March.

The youngest of the Hughes brothers is fifth in points for the New Jersey Devils in what has been a rather disappointing season for the team overall, while he is fourth with 25 assists. Those figures put him third in assists for all rookies and fourth in points, although he surely has too much to do to upset Bedard.

The 20-year-old defenceman though still leads the Devils in time on the ice per game (21:22) which bodes well for the future, even if interim head coach Travis Green may start easing his workload.

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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