- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

CALDER CANDIDATES

John Tavares, Islanders

The next Sidney Crosby or the next Steven Stamkos (as a much-hyped Canadian rookie)?

Semyon Varlamov, Capitals

Being the No. 1 or 1a goaltender on an elite team is a good start.

Colin Wilson, Predators

Nashville has its replacement for Alexander Radulov.

Nikita Filatov, Blue Jackets

He should be the next Russian offensive dynamo.

Cody Hodgson, Canucks

Has to earn a sweater first but he could be an impact guy.

OFF-THE-RADAR MVP

Vincent Lecavalier, Lightning

Could score 50-plus for one of the league’s most-improved teams.

Rick Nash, Blue Jackets

A full season with Derick Brassard could produce magic.

Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks

Best bet to be a top-three scorer beyond Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin.

Shea Weber, Predators

Most complete young defenseman, and team could surprise.

Dany Heatley, Sharks

Could be the missing link - or the final nail in the coffin?

BREAKOUT STARS

Mikko Koivu, Wild

Already really good — new system could make him great.

Erik Johnson, Blues

Remember him? He could be a top-10 Norris candidate this year.

T.J. Oshie, Blues

He’s already a fan favorite in St. Louis.

Derick Brassard, Blue Jackets

It’s time to take his place among other elite centers in ‘06 draft.

Jack Johnson, Kings

He could have a Dion Phaneuf circa 2005-06 season in him.

TRADE (DEADLINE) BAIT

Ilya Kovalchuk, Thrashers

His team must keep him, but he could be a Cup-winning addition.

Brett Clark, Avalanche

A decent pending unrestricted free agent among a thin group of defensemen.

Martin Biron, Islanders

He was probably a cheap trade chip from the moment he signed.

Doug Weight, Islanders

He could be touted as this year’s Bill Guerin.

Brian Campbell, Blackhawks

Chicago needs to shed the contract - um, good luck with that.

VILLAINS

Sean Avery, Rangers

No explanation needed here.

Chris Pronger, Flyers

Move to Flyers is match made in… opposite of heaven.

Steve Ott, Stars

Same skill set as Avery with fewer off-ice distractions.

Dany Heatley, Sharks

Needs a PR guru pronto and to stop asking for trades.

Alex Ovechkin, Capitals

National media can’t decide if hitting is great or dirty (or both).

Ryan O’Halloran

Eastern Conference: Philadelphia

Western Conference: Chicago

Stanley Cup: Chicago

Hart Trophy: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh

Calder Trophy: Cody Hodgson, Vancouver

Stephen Whyno

Eastern Conference: Philadelphia

Western Conference: Vancouver

Stanley Cup: Philadelphia

Hart Trophy: Alex Ovechkin, Washington

Calder Trophy: Nikita Filatov, Columbus

Corey Masisak

Eastern Conference: Washington

Western Conference: Chicago

Stanley Cup: Chicago

Hart Trophy: Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay

Calder Trophy: John Tavares, Islanders

Dan Daly

Eastern Conference: Washington

Western Conference: Chicago

Stanley Cup: Washington

Hart Trophy: Alex Ovechkin, Washington

Calder Trophy: John Tavares, Islanders

Ben Goessling

Eastern Conference: Philadelphia

Western Conference: Chicago

Stanley Cup: Philadelphia

Hart Trophy: Alex Ovechkin, Washington

Calder Trophy: Ville Leino, Detroit

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