Brendan Gallagher was beaten out by Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau for the Calder Trophy, awarded for best rookie, and again, a Hab doesn’t get the nod. Michel Therrien wasn’t even a finalist for coach of the year, Marc Bergevin was denied top GM, and now Gallagher gets shoved aside.
Did P.J.Stock and some of his cronies have anything to do with the voting process?
I don’t know what Brendan Gallagher could have done more to capture the coveted Calder. He did it all. He scored big goals and assisted on others. He revved his team up when they were down. He took major abuse in front to the net, was as fearless as anyone in the league, and became a bonafide fan favourite.
I rarely saw Huberdeau play this year, but I see he managed 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 48 games, while Gallagher, along with crashing, banging, inspiring, challenging, and taking more than his fair share of high sticks and elbows, had 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points in 44 games, which wasn’t far behind Huberdeau.
Huberdeau’s Panthers ended up in last place in the east, while Gallagher was a huge part of the Canadiens’ rise from last place a year ago to second this year. What more did they want from Gally?
So why did Huberdeau beat our Gallagher? I’ve no idea. Maybe someone can explain it to me.