Watching Enstrom play this season, it’s almost impossible to fathom that 30 teams and hundreds of scouts could have been this wrong about a guy. Few outside the Thrashers organization and Enstrom’s immediate family had even heard of him prior to this season. And even those who knew him had no notion the little defenseman who could would come in and put together a season worthy of consideration for the Calder Trophy.
Almost two-thirds through the season, there is little doubt Enstrom has forced his way into the consciousness of voters for the Calder Trophy. At this point, the field has narrowed to a five-player race consisting of Patrick Kane, Nicklas Backstrom, Jonathan Toews, Peter Mueller and Enstrom.