Itís too bad that Zach Werenski will likely finish a distant third in Calder Trophy voting this season, or perhaps even lower if Mitch Marner, Matt Tkachuk and Sebastian Aho go on a wild scoring run, because what heís accomplished this season is astounding.
With an assist Friday against Buffalo, Werenski set a new Columbus record for points by a rookie with 40, surpassing Rick Nashís record which stood for almost 15 years. It canít be stated enough how much harder it is to play defense in the NHL, especially as a rookie even for someone as gifted as Werenski. In the modern era, only two other rookie defensemen have been able to register at least 40 points while averaging over 20 minutes before their 20th birthday: Tyler Myers and Cam Fowler. With all due respect to Brent Burns, he will have multiple seasons and chances to score 30 goals, but youíre only a rookie once in your career...
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