Matty Beniers Captures Calder Trophy

Seattle Kraken center Matty Beniers (10) is congratulated after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla. Lynne Sladky - staff, AP

Matty Beniers has finished his rookie-eligible season with the Seattle Kraken and added his first piece of hardware to his collection. Beniers was voted the league’s best rookie, earning him the Calder Trophy, which is voted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

The other nominees included Buffalo Sabres defenseman Owen Power and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner. While the first-place votes almost exclusively went to Beniers, you could have made a case for Power and Skinner too.

Ultimately, Matty Beniers notched 24 goals and 23 assists for 57 points in 80 games during the 2022-23 season. Beniers’ effort helped the Seattle Kraken make their first Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance in franchise history.

Conrad Jack

Conrad Jack is a lifelong hockey fan who is now actively writing for Inside The Rink covering primarily the Winnipeg Jets and the entire NHL second. He also covers the latest NHL News & Rumors, the NHL Entry Draft, and so much more for Inside The Rink.

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