5. Memorable Moment: Gabriel Landeskog Wins Calder Trophy
The 2011-12 season itself was forgettable. However, in the midst of an 88-point season that saw them finish three slots down from a playoff spot, the rookie left wing made good. Gabriel Landeskog won the Calder Trophy.
Landeskog played all 82 games for the Avalanche that season. He recorded 22 goals and 30 assists for 52 points. He also recorded 51 penalty minutes because he’s a power forward. But it’s the former that won him rookie of the year honors.
Here’s his rookie of the year speech:
Even as a 19-year-old, he was so dapper and well-spoken.