Rookie center Logan Couture can take solace in knowing he was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the 2011 National Hockey League’s rookie of the year.
The 22-year-old lost out on the award to Carolina’s Jeff Skinner. The Calder was presented tonight at the 2011 NHL Awards Show, which was held at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.
The third finalist for the 2011 Calder was the Islanders Michael Grabner.
Couture is the third Sharks player to be selected as a finalist for the Calder. He joins 2001 award winner Evgeni Nabokov and Brad Stuart (2000).
Couture played his first full NHL season in 2010-11. He was second on the Sharks in goals (32) and points (56). Couture’s 22 road goals were fourth in the NHL and the second-most in franchise history. He became the 23rd rookie to score 20-plus road goals.
During the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Couture was tied for fourth among postseason performers in goals (seven) and had a point in six of the last eight games (seven points and five goals).
Please return to sjsharks.com later today for more on Couture’s evening in Las Vegas.