2018-19 NHL Season

Calder Watch 2019

Steve Kournianos  |  12/07/2018 |  Nashville  |  

How it works

CalderWatch is a points system designed to reward rookies who make the most out of their usage on an individual basis. While shot generation and shot suppression relative to teammates is a useful tool to help measure a player’s contributions beyond traditional stats, I believe raw production, specifically at even strength and what the scoreboard looks like when points are being produced, is a better way sort out the Calder Trophy contenders from the pretenders.

With CalderWatch, rookies are rewarded for individual achievement in categories like primary point production, scoring chances, clutch play and usage. The purpose is to try and identify the rookies whose points and shot attempts have a greater impact on the outcome of a game. For example, a goal scored or set up by a rookie that makes the score 1-0 is far more valuable than a goal scored at 4-1; or a scoring chance from the low slot has a greater chance of going in than a wrist shot flung from 80 feet away. Conversely, a secondary assist on a power-play goal recorded by a defenseman who started 80% of his shifts in the offensive zone is not as impressive as a primary assist at even strength by a forward whose majority of shifts began on his side of center ice.

So you ask, why are several players with more goals and assists ranked lower than players with less? To answer this question, one must consider several factors, such as the timelines of their points, where are their shots being taken from, and are there rookies earning their points against tilted ice. Chances are, you will find answers to all these questions by looking at the nightly CalderWatch point totals. The higher the CalderWatch points, the more involved that player was in his team’s quality point and quality shot production.

Rookie Leaders (Through games of 06 DEC 2018)

RANK NAME POS TM GP CW Total CWP/G G A PTS
1 C. White C OTT 28 228 8.14 8 10 18
2 E. Pettersson C VAN 25 223 8.92 14 11 25
3 A. Svechnikov RW CAR 27 188 6.96 6 6 12
4 M. Joseph RW TB 30 186 6.20 9 4 13
5 B. Tkachuk LW OTT 18 179 9.94 9 7 16
6 F. Chytil C NYR 28 168 6.00 5 4 9
7 J. Kotkaniemi C MTL 29 166 5.72 3 11 14
8 A. Cirelli C TB 30 162 5.40 5 3 8
9 M. Heiskanen D DAL 29 151 5.21 4 8 12
10 B. Howden C NYR 27 146 5.41 4 9 13
11 D. Kahun C CHI 30 135.5 4.52 3 8 11
12 O. Lindblom LW PHI 26 135 5.19 4 7 11
13 A. Suomela C SJS 26 135 5.19 3 5 8
14 R. Dahlin D BUF 29 124 4.28 2 11 13
15 M. Rasmussen C DET 26 123 4.73 5 4 9
16 J. Greenway W/C MIN 27 123 4.56 3 6 9
17 M. Lajoie D OTT 27 121 4.48 6 6 12
18 H. Jokiharju D CHI 27 119 4.41 0 10 10
19 A. Johnsson LW TOR 24 117 4.88 6 5 11
20 W. Foegele LW CAR 26 116 4.46 3 2 5
21 C. Mittelstadt C/W BUF 29 112 3.86 4 5 9
22 A. Fortin LW CHI 22 111 5.05 3 3 6
23 Ki. Sherwood RW ANA 29 102.5 3.53 2 5 7
24 D. Cholowski D DET 27 97 3.59 4 8 12
25 R. Thomas C STL 21 94 4.48 2 6 8
26 J.S. Dea C PIT 20 81 4.05 3 2 5
27 S. Dries LW COL 16 78 4.88 2 3 5
28 M. Pettersson D PIT 29 75 2.59 0 6 6
29 J. Lammikko RW FLA 26 74 2.85 0 5 5
30 M. Comtois LW ANA 10 66 6.60 2 5 7
31 T. Hyka RW VGK 17 66 3.88 1 3 4
32 Z.A. Reese C/W PIT 14 66 4.71 2 1 3
33 T. Boyd C WAS 12 66 5.50 0 6 6
34 A. Gaudette C VAN 25 65 2.60 1 3 4
35 N. Seeler D MIN 28 63 2.25 1 2 3
36 V. Kamenev C COL 22 62 2.82 2 3 5
37 M. Luff LW LAK 15 62 4.13 4 0 4
38 D. Dube C CGY 20 61 3.05 1 4 5
39 G. Bayreuther D DAL 10 59 5.90 2 3 5
40 A. Wagner RW LAK 18 59 3.28 1 3 4
41 B. Seney C NJD 17 58 3.41 1 3 4
42 I. Ozhiganov D TOR 25 57 2.28 1 3 4
43 D. Batherson C OTT 11 56 5.09 3 4 7
44 N. Juulsen D MTL 17 51 3.00 1 4 5
45 L. Andersson C NYR 14 49 3.50 1 2 3
46 J. Valimaki D CGY 22 47 2.14 1 1 2
47 R. Hintz LW DAL 14 47 3.36 2 1 3
48 S. Steel C ANA 13 46 3.54 1 2 3
49 C. Jaros D OTT 23 45 1.96 1 3 4
50 R. Andersson D CGY 26 43 1.65 0 1 1
51 R. Donato RW BOS 15 43 2.87 2 0 2
52 Erik Cernak D TB 13 43 3.31 0 4 4
53 K. Yamamoto RW EDM 12 41 3.42 1 1 2
54 V. Zykov LW CAR 13 38 2.92 0 3 3
55 A. Formenton LW OTT 9 38 4.22 1 0 1
56 J. Larssson D ANA 19 38 2.00 0 2 2
57 V. Lettieri RW NYR 16 37 2.31 0 0 0
58 R. Chartier C SJS 13 36 2.77 1 0 1
59 D. Hunt LW FLA 10 36 3.60 0 1 1
60 S. Blais LW STL 16 35 2.19 0 1 1
61 I. Lundestrom C ANA 15 34 2.27 0 2 2
62 J. Anderson RW NJD 11 34 3.09 1 1 2
63 J. Riikola D PIT 14 33 2.36 0 1 1
64 F. Hronek D DET 6 31 5.17 1 2 3
65 J. Kyrou RW STL 10 30 3.00 0 1 1
66 J. F. Karlsson C BOS 10 30 3.00 2 0 2
67 Colby Cave C BOS 7 30 4.29 0 2 2
68 L. Johnson C CHI 13 26 2.00 0 1 1
69 A. Welinski D ANA 10 25 2.50 0 1 1
70 E. Bouchard D EDM 7 23 3.29 1 0 1
71 M. Vorobyev C PHI 7 22 3.14 1 1 2
72 M. Necas C CAR 7 21 3.00 1 1 2
73 R. Johnston LW NYI 7 19 2.71 0 2 2
74 K. Kossila C ANA 8 19 0.00 1 0 1
75 J. Lauzon D BOS 15 19 1.27 1 0 1
76 D. Heatherington D DAL 5 17 3.40 0 1 1
77 B. Lemieux RW WPG 13 17 1.31 1 0 1
78 C. Ehn C DET 14 17 1.21 0 1 1
79 C. Bishop C CAR 10 16 1.60 0 0 0
80 L. Sulak D DET 6 14 2.33 0 0 0
81 C. Marody C EDM 6 13 2.17 0 0 0
82 J.A. Dolan C LAK 5 12 2.40 0 1 1
83 S.Walker D LAK 4 12 3.00 0 1 1
84 I. Lyubushkin D ARI 12 12 1.00 0 0 0
85 P. Russell RW EDM 6 12 2.00 0 0 0
86 D. Gurianov RW DAL 2 11 5.50 1 0 1
87 B. Gleason D DAL 4 11 2.75 0 1 1
88 T. Terry C ANA 6 11 1.83 0 0 0
89 J. Mahura D ANA 4 11 2.75 0 1 1
90 J. MacDonald D FLA 2 10 5.00 1 0 1
91 N. Walker LW WAS 3 10 3.33 0 1 1
92 Mason Appleton C WPG 3 10 3.33 0 1 1
93 C. Clifton D BOS 9 10 1.11 0 0 0
94 J. Hicketts D DET 8 9 1.13 0 0 0
95 R. Simek D SJS 2 9 4.50 0 1 1
96 D. Martel LW TB 1 8 8.00 0 0 0
97 E. Tolvanen RW NSH 3 8 2.67 1 0 1
98 J. Quenneville W/C NJD 5 7 1.40 0 0 0
99 A. Mangiapane LW CGY 3 7 2.33 0 0 0
100 K. Vesalainen LW WPG 5 6 1.20 0 1 1
101 Tyrell Goulbourne LW PHI 2 6 3.00 0 0 0
102 S. Fogarty C NYR 7 6 0.86 0 0 0
103 N. Aube-Kubel W/C PHI 9 5 0.56 0 0 0
104 T. Gettinger LW NYR 4 5 1.25 0 0 0
105 S. Rempal RW LAK 7 5 0.71 0 0 0
106 M. Dal Colle LW NYI 2 4 2.00 0 0 0
107 N. Roy C CAR 6 3 0.50 0 0 0
108 K. Rooney C NJD 4 3 0.75 0 0 0
109 J. Siegenthaler D WAS 3 3 1.00 0 0 0
110 L. Pilut D BUF 4 3 0.75 0 0 0
111 U. Vaakanainen D BOS 2 2 1.00 0 0 0
112 T. Carrick D CAR 1 2 2.00 0 0 0
113 O. Kylington D CGY 5 2 0.40 0 0 0
114 S. Niku D WPG 4 2 0.50 0 0 0
115 R. Lomberg LW CGY 3 2 0.67 0 0 0
116 C. Wolanin D OTT 1 1 1.00 0 0 0
117 N. Nogier D WPG 1 1 1.00 0 0 0
118 G. Carlsson D CBJ 1 0 0.00 0 0 0
119 A.J. Greer LW COL 1 0 0.00 0 0 0
120 D. Gambrell C SJS 2 0 0.00 0 0 0
121 J. Rodewald RW OTT 1 0 0.00 0 0 0
122 K. Gabriel RW NJD 1 0 0.00 0 0 0
123 J. Zboril D BOS 2 0 0.00 0 0 0
124 D. Mermis D ARI 1 0 0.00 0 0 0
125 J. Bean D CAR 2 0 0.00 0 0 0
126 M. McLeod C NJD 1 0 0.00 0 0 0
127 A. Richard C NSH 1 0 0.00 0 0 0