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Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog wins Calder Trophy as year's best rookie

Wednesday, 06.20.2012 / 8:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog wins Calder Trophy as year's best rookie

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog got the best of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins this time around.

Selected second overall behind Nugent-Hopkins at last year's draft, Landeskog edged him and New Jersey's Adam Henrique to win the Calder Trophy on Wednesday night.

Landeskog and Nugent-Hopkins tied for the rookie scoring lead with 52 points this season — although the Avalanche forward played 20 more games.

However, Landeskog finished with a plus-20 rating while playing more than 18 minutes per game.

Landeskog is the first Swede to be named the NHL's rookie of the year since Daniel Alfredsson in 1995-96.

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