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The Noon Number: Class of 2008

A look back at one dominant rookie class

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3 - Number of 2008 Calder Memorial Trophy finalists that will be playing in tonight's Capitals/Blackhawks game - Patrick Kane (who won the award), Nicklas Backstrom and Jonathan Toews.

Over their first seven-plus seasons in the NHL, the three have combined for 1,459 points in 1,532 games. All three players were drafted within the top five of their respective draft classes: Toews and Backstrom went third and fourth, respectively, in 2006, and Kane was the first overall pick the following year. A quick look at what the trio has done since entering the League:

Career Numbers Games Played Goals Assists Points
Backstrom 507 130 377 507
Kane 528 182 320 502
Toews 497 200 250 450

Good luck finding a better class of Calder Trophy Finalists than that of the 2007-2008 season.