With the NHL season at its halfway mark, we've decided to take a look at how the Calder race is shaping up, picking out the youngsters who have performed at a high level, the ones who have come out of nowhere, and one rook who has failed to meet expectations.
For each player we've included basic stats and GVT -- our proprietary value metric, which you can read about in more detail here -- in addition to projections based on their performance outside the NHL last year. Since VUKOTA does not project for players who have not played previously in the NHL, we use something called NHL League Equivalencies (NHLE). NHLE allows us to project a player's stats for the current NHL season based on his performance in a non-NHL league the year before, and is adjusted for different league qualities and player age.
Note: Stats are accurate as of games ending Jan. 15, and all players included below are Calder eligible.