It stands to reason that Original Six teams would dominate the field when tallying up the number of Calder Trophy finalists since the inception of that award in 1932-33. They had a three-decade or more edge on any of the other teams.
Just to be clear, the first Calder Trophy wasn’t presented until 1936-37, but the NHL did give out a top-rookie award in the four seasons prior to that. For the purposes of this exercise, we’ll consider them all Calders. And this ranking of teams shows the dominating powers when it comes to the three top vote-getters, according to the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, each year. Greater weight has been given to a Calder win versus a second- or third-place finish.
The Montreal Canadiens typically dominate their Original Six cousins when it comes to st...
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Brian Costello joined The Hockey News in 1990 when the likes of Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Joel Quenneville were players, not coaches. Costello covered major junior hockey for five seasons before getting called up to THN. He likes to focus his attention on pre- and post-NHL careers, following closely the progress of the draft, up-and-coming prospects and fancying himself a Hall of Fame expert.