Miro Heiskanen insists he isn't upset about not being included among the finalists for the NHL's rookie of the year award.
The Dallas Stars defenseman expressed as much after St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, and Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson were revealed as the three nominees for the Calder Trophy on Saturday.
"I don't care," Heiskanen told The Athletic's Sean Shapiro after his team's Game 2 victory over the Blues. "They are good players also. So I'm having fun here in playoffs."
The 19-year-old led all first-year players in average ice time during the regular season, logging 23:07 per game, while posting 33 points.
Ironically, Heiskanen scored a goal on Binnington in the first period of Game 2, shortly before the finalists were revealed during intermission.
Stars forward Tyler Seguin weighed in on the snub postgame.
The finalists are determined by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.