Vancouver Canucks: Can Quinn Hughes win next year’s Calder Trophy?

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CLEVELAND, OH – FEBRUARY 22: Milwaukee Admirals forward Eeli Tolvanen (11) on the ice during the first period of the American Hockey League game between the Milwaukee Admirals and Cleveland Monsters on February 22, 2019, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – FEBRUARY 22: Milwaukee Admirals forward Eeli Tolvanen (11) on the ice during the first period of the American Hockey League game between the Milwaukee Admirals and Cleveland Monsters on February 22, 2019, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Eeli Tolvanen

Long-touted as an elite NHL goalscorer, Eeli Tolvanen has been slowly brought on by the Nashville Predators – perhaps too slow, as it’s now reached the point where some Preds fans are worried he’s a bust, and the Preds were even rumored to be considering moving him for a rental at the deadline. That didn’t happen, and with the Preds unlikely to bring back Wayne Simmonds next season, there’s a natural spot for Tolvanen about to open up. Like Zadina, he put up 35 points in the AHL last season, but in seven fewer games; his two points in four NHL games with the Preds was also more impressive than Zadina’s three in nine.

Eeli Tolvanen is an electrifying prospect – and should also be considered by those wanting to back a dark horse for the 2019/20 Calder Trophy.

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There are many others out there who could challenge for the Calder – Anaheim’s Sam Steel, Arizona’s Barrett Hayton, Florida’s Aleksi Heponiemi, to name just three – but it’s clear that the 2019/20 Calder race is going to be a hotly-contested one. Hughes will have to stay healthy for the full season, and have a season for the ages, to ensure a Calder triumph.

We have faith he can do it – how do you feel about his chances?