How Auston Matthews won the 2016-17 Calder Trophy

TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 9: Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the St. Louis Blues during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 9, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blues defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs was named the winner of the 2017 Calder Trophy, given to the NHL’s top rookie.

Matthews, last year’s No. 1 overall pick, led all rookies in goals (40) and points (69). He’s also the first Maple Leafs player to win the award since Brit Selby in 1966.

From the NHL:

The top pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Matthews paced rookies with 40 goals and 69 points while appearing in all 82 games. His 40 goals also shared second place in the entire League, highlighted by a historic debut in which he became the first player in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to score four times in his first game. Matthews, who set franchise rookie records for goals and points, also ranked in the top 10 among first-year players in game-winning goals (1st; 8), shots on goal (1st; 279), power-play points (t-2nd; 21), power-play goals (3rd; 8), power-play assists (4th; 13), shooting percentage (7th; 14.3%) and assists (7th; 29).

Here’s how the voting broke down, and it wasn’t close.

There were 167 first-place to go around and Matthews grabbed all but three of them.

It was a heckuva rookie crop in ’16-17. How many of those names in any other year would have probably won the award?

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