Mathew Barzal wins Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Watch as members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hockey team help present Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders with the Calder Memorial Trophy.

LAS VEGAS — Mathew Barzal has won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year.

The speedy New York Islanders centre beat out Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser and Arizona Coyotes centre Clayton Keller at Wednesday’s awards show in Las Vegas.

The 16th pick in the 2015 draft, Barzal led all rookies with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) — 20 more than Keller, who was the next closest first-year player.

Barzal, 21, became the seventh rookie in NHL history with at least 20 goals and 60 assists, and just the second to record three five-point games.

Boeser finished second among rookies in goals (29) and fifth in points (55) in just 62 games. The 21-year-old’s season was cut short in early March after he suffered a back injury.

Keller, 19, had 65 points (23 goals, 42 assists), second among NHL rookies and most by a first-year member of the Coyotes since the franchise relocated from Winnipeg to Arizona in 1996.


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