Blues’ Binnington says he deserved Rookie of the Year, not Canucks’ Pettersson

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  • You’d think a Stanley Cup championship would be enough to make Jordan Binnington forget all about losing out on the Calder Trophy.
  • Apparently not.
  • The St. Louis Blues goaltender said there was a “bad taste” in his mouth from last season, when Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson beat him out for Rookie of the Year.

“There’s a little bit of that bad taste in my mouth about the outcome last year,” Binnington said, as reported by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch following Tuesday’s game in Vancouver. “But [Pettersson is] a talented player, so it’s good going up against some of the best.”

  • The Blues goaltender was great on Tuesday, stopping 33 of 34 shots he faced for the 2-1 win.
  • Included in those shots were many high-level saves off Pettersson, who was just named NHL First Star of the Week (not sure if Binnington thinks he deserved that too).
  • Binnington later confirmed that he felt like he deserved the Calder Trophy last season.
  • Despite posting a sparkling .927 save percentage, 1.89 goals against average, and a 24-5-1 record, Binnington finished second to Pettersson, who scored 66 points in 71 games. While Binnington was spectacular, he essentially played just a half season.
  • In the end, the vote wasn’t close.
  • Pettersson earned 151 of 171 first-place votes, while only 18 voters chose Binnington as their Calder Trophy winner.

Sources & Credits: Rob Williams, Daily Hive

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