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Flames' Gaudreau, Senators' Stone, Panthers' Ekblad named NHL Calder finalists

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau and Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone are among the NHL's Calder Trophy finalists this year.

The league announced the nominees for the award, given to the top rookie, on Thursday. Florida Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad is the other finalist.

Gaudreau, from Salem, N.J., had 64 points (24 goals) through 80 regular-season games for Calgary this season ? tied for first among rookies with Stone. The 21-year-old Gaudreau, drafted in the fourth round (104th overall) by the Flames in 2011, ranked first among all rookies in assists (40) and power-play goals (eight), and topped rookie forwards in average ice time per game (17:43).

Stone, a sixth-round selection (178th overall) by Ottawa in 2010, had 26 goals and 38 assists. The 22-year-old Winnipeg native set a rookie club record nine-game point streak to end the season (8-5-13), capping his performance with two goals in the season finale to help his team complete its successful playoff drive. He also led all rookies in plus-minus (+21).

Ekblad, of Windsor, Ont., was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 draft. He set club records for goals (12), assists (27) and points (39) by a rookie defenceman.

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