According to Jon Lane at NHL.com, Chris Kreider is in the lead for the Calder Trophy at the midseason point.
"…since his Oct. 24 debut, (Kreider) has 11 goals and 24 points with a plus-9 rating in 37 games, five fewer than rookie scoring leader Nathan MacKinnon (14-14-28). Eighteen of his points are either goals or primary assists and 10 of his goals have come in Rangers wins. Playing with three United States Olympians (Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan), Kreider's physical nature has been the trendsetter. His 93 hits lead Rangers forwards and rank fourth among rookies."
Kreider is third in rookie points (24), fourth in goals (11), fifth in assists (13) and seventh in plus/minus (+9).
For the rookie leaderboard, click here.
…Kreider's main competition is MacKinnon, Hertl and Krug. Where I think Kreider has a leg up is that he's being counted on to provide scoring for the Rangers, while the other three are able to be complimentary parts on their teams.
…i also feel that Kreider's physical game shows that he's a more well rounded player. If all four players keep up this pace, the winning margin is going to be razor thin.
According to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record, there was no review or follow-up from the NHL regarding Kreider's boarding major on Fedor Tyutin Monday night, so he won't be suspended.
Here's Kreider on the hit (via New York Post)…
“I pulled up, I didn’t make much contact; I almost came to a complete stop,” Kreider said following Tuesday’s practice. “The next thing I know, he’s down on the ice with some sort of an injury, [Brandon] Dubinsky is throwing punches at me, and I’m out of the game.
“I tried to do the right thing. It was bad luck, I guess. I was surprised at the call,” he said. “I don’t know; should I have pulled up completely?”
Larry Brooks says that the Rangers are believed to be asking the league to rescind the major.
…wait? Shanahan ruling in favor of the Rangers? Quick someone check to see if hell has frozen over.