Following a stellar first full season with the Edmonton Oilers, former Swift Current Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner has been named one of the three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year.
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Stuart Skinner is a Calder Memorial Trophy finalist. pic.twitter.com/5Pf1uNSDzH
Skinner backstopped the Broncos to a WHL Championship in 2018 after coming to Swift Current from Lethbridge at the trade deadline that season. He posted a 16-6-2 record and two shutouts in 25 regular season games with a goals against average of 2.68 and save percentage of .914. In the playoffs, Skinner went 16-10 with a GAA of 2.20 and a save percentage of .932 and posted six shutouts, including a 3-0 win over the Everett Silvertips that clinched the Ed Chynoweth Cup for the Broncos.
In 50 games with the Oilers this season, Skinner went 29-14-5 with a GAA of 2.75 and save percentage of .914, and has gone 3-2 with a GAA of 3.43 and a save percentage of .890 in the first round of the playoffs as Edmonton gets set to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL's Western Conference semi-final starting tonight.
Seattle Kraken forward Matty Beniers and Buffalo Sabres defenceman Owen Power are the other two Calder Trophy finalists. The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards in Nashville on June 26.