When it comes to NHL rookies no one was hyped up more than Alexis Lafreniere in the offseason, and rightfully so as the 2021 first overall pick is coming off a 35-goal, 112-point season and put up 297 points in 173 games.

However, while Lafreniere is expected to make a big splash off the bat for the New York Rangers, it’s actually his teammate Igor Shesterkin who’s expected to bring home the Calder Trophy, according to oddsmakers.

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With the departure of Henrik Lundqvist, Igor Shesterkin is expected to have a much larger role, and after going 10-2 with a 2.52 GAA and a .932 save percentage in the limited NHL action he saw last year it makes a lot of sense to have high hopes for him.

This has to be the first time, or at least the first time in a while, where teammates own the two best odds to win the Calder Trophy. One player from the Canadian teams made the top 5 as Ottawa Senators young gun Tim Stützle owns the 4th best odds to be named the league’s top rookie for the 2020-21 campaign.