The Calder Trophy goes to the rookie that had the best season that year.
There were a lot of great rookies throughout the National Hockey League in 2022-23. They were also scattered all throughout the league at all different positions. With that said, Seattle Kraken rookie Matty Beniers was the best of the bunch this season.
He had 24 goals and 33 assists for 57 points in 80 games played while contributing some amazing play on both sides of the puck. He is a guy whose all-around game is amazing for a rookie and is only going to improve.
It is nice that his defensive game is good in his rookie year because you know the offense is going to be there in bunches as he gets older.
Other rookies have made big impacts, but Beniers helped lead this Kraken team all the way to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. He is a big reason that they shocked the world and made it all the way there.
Now, he will be getting ready to try and make an impact with them in their first-ever playoff matchup in franchise history. Once the season is over, Beniers should have the Calder Trophy locked up while reflecting on what was a great season for the Kraken.