Mar 14, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) skates up ice with the puck while being defended by Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta (36) during the third period at the First Niagara Center. Colorado beats Buffalo 5 - 4. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

NHL Awards 2012: Avalanche Forward Gabriel Landeskog Wins Calder Trophy

Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog wins the Calder Trophy. He is the first member of the Avalanche to win top rookie since Chris Drury in 1999.

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NHL Awards 2012: Gabriel Landeskog Wins Calder Trophy For Top Rookie

Gabriel Landeskog has been named the top rookie in the NHL for the 2011-2012 season, and has become the first member of the Colorado Avalanche to win the Calder Trophy since Chris Drury in 1999.

Landeskog, 19, was a favorite for the trophy after his strong finish to the NHL season after leading the Avalanche to a late season push towards the postseason. The rookie forward was drafted second overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, the highest pick since the franchise moved to Colorado. He did not disappoint, jumping straight to the NHL and proving his polish right away.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Gabriel Landeskog 82 22 30 52 20 51 6 0 5 270

The young forward played in all 82 games this season, leading all NHL rookies in hits, shots, plus/minus and tying for the NHL rookie lead in goals and points. Landeskog also tied for the Avalanche team lead in game winning goals and placed third on the team in total points. He also led all rookie forwards in minutes played and average ice time.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey. For complete coverage of this year's NHL League Awards check out SB Nation NHL.

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