Nugent-Hopkins Takes Rookie Scoring Lead
(2/26/12) With a pair of assists on Sunday, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins overtook Gabriel Landeskog for the rookie scoring lead. It's now a three horse race, as the Nuge sits at 49 points, Landeskog at 48, and Adam Henrique at 47.
There's little doubt as to who the best of the trio is, as Nugent-Hopkins sits atop the leader board in spite of missing 20 games due to injuries, but the question is, does the fact that he missed a quarter of the season mean one of the others gets the nod for the Calder? In our opinion Nugent-Hopkins deserves it, but we also think he needs to hang onto the lead to convince the voters.