Before this season even started, Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was asked to make a prediction. Who was his top candidate to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as the rookie of the year? Oshie confidently said Vancouver winger Brock Boeser “had to be up there in the top three.” “Whoever it was [that asked] was actually pretty surprised that I said it,” Oshie said. He looks pretty smart now, when halfway through the season, Boeser has 22 goals, trailing just Alex Ovechkin, Nikita Kucherov and Anders Lee in the league. But Oshie might have seen Boeser's quick ascension into NHL stardom coming, training with him in the summer and forming a bond through their shared alma mater, the University of North Dakota.