One thing the new, shortened NHL season has brought us is an influx of impact rookies. With another youth movement afoot in the NHL, it should be interesting to see how these fresh new faces fare through the 48 game season. Despite the questions about endurance, it has been very impressive to watch the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko(STL), Cory Conacher(TBL), Justin Schultz(EDM), Dougie Hamilton(BOS), Nail Yakupov(EDM), Jonathan Huberdeau(FLA) and Alex Galchenyuk(MTL) all make immediate impacts on their respective teams. It is going to be a very exciting race to see who wins the Calder trophy as Rookie of the Year, but what is more impressive is just how deep a race this might prove to be. With offensively gifted forwards and defensemen tearing up the NHL as 18,19,20 and 21 year olds, it is definitely becoming more and more a young man’s game by the day…but don’t tell that to Patrick Marleau(9 goals in 5 games!).
Who’s your pick for the NHL Rookie of the Year?