ANAHEIM — Lo and behold, the Winnipeg Jets have two legitimate threats in the chase for NHL rookie of the year.
I’m not about to advocate that either Mark Scheifele or Jacob Trouba is the front-runner to come away with the Calder Trophy, that’s simply not the case right now.
But if the skilled centre and/or the smooth-skating defenceman finish the final 30 games with a flurry, it wouldn’t be surprising if one of them needed to clear some space on the mantle.
Jets head coach Paul Maurice casually dropped a Nik Lidstrom reference into his post-game remarks about Trouba on Saturday.
When you hear a coach bring up a Hall of Famer while discussing an emerging rookie, it gives you a sense of what kind of special talent Trouba already is.