Jets' fab freshmen are indeed among rookie royalty

Mark Scheifele (55) of the Winnipeg Jets congratulates teammate Jacob Trouba for his game-winning...

Mark Scheifele (55) of the Winnipeg Jets congratulates teammate Jacob Trouba for his game-winning goal in overtime action in an NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers at the MTS Centre on January 18, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:31 PM ET

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.



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