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Shane Pinto has become the front-runner for the Calder Trophy given to the NHL’s rookie of the year. He currently leads all rookies with five goals. In a recent article, THW’s Dayton Reimer goes into his journey to the NHL.
Pinto’s Hot Start is Not Surprising
It’s always a bit of a surprise when a player who was picked after the first round emerges as a top rookie. Since 1999-00, only five players who were picked outside the top 20 have won the Calder Trophy, three of which were goalies, and one was selected 27th overall. Scouts and organizations are much better at identifying top talent than they were before the turn of the millennium, so the best players generally go near the top of the draft. But Pinto is proving that he could be the exception to the rule in a way that we all should have seen coming.
During his two seasons with the University of North Dakota, he was one of the best players in the NCAA. In 2019-20, he was the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s (NCHC) Rookie of the Year and was tied for first among American players at the 2020 World Juniors. In his sophomore campaign, he led North Dakota in goals while also being named the NCHC’s Best Defensive Forward, Forward of the Year, and Player of the Year, as well as a finalist for the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Award.
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