NEW YORK – Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, Philadelphia defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere and Chicago forward Artemi Panarin were named the Calder Trophy finalists on Monday.
The Calder Trophy is awarded to the NHL’s best rookie player.
McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, ranked fourth among rookies with 16 goals and 32 assists despite appearing in only 45 games for the Oilers due to injury.
His average of 1.07 points per game led all rookies and ranked third in the entire NHL.
At 19 years, 29 days, he became the ninth-youngest player in NHL history to register a five-point performance McDavid on Feb. 11 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Gostisbehere led rookie defencemen in goals (17), assists (29), points (46), power-play goals (8), power-play points (22) and game-winning goals (5) while playing in 64 games for the Flyers.
Panarin, who signed with the Blackhawks in May 2015, led all rookies in goals (30), assists (47), points (77), power-play goals (8), power-play points (24) and game-winning goals (7) while skating in 80 games.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists.
The winner will be announced June 22 at the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.