A big reason the Montreal Canadiens were able to turn their team completely around this season was the impact their young players made. And no rookie had a bigger impact than Brendan Gallagher, who at age 20 (he turned 21 May 6) was able to jump into the league and dominate. That strong season will lead to Gallagher being named the Calder Trophy winner as rookie of the year.

First lets look at his offence, which was a big (but not the only) part of Gallagher’s game. Gallagher finished with 28 points in 44 games, good for fourth among rookies. The leaders, Nail Yakupov and Jonathan Huberdeau, played four more games but only had three more points. Gallagher also had 15 goals, which was second among rookies (and most among rookies nominated for the Calder). This all coming while missing four games with a concussion.

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