After a long stretch of hearing nothing but the names “McDavid” and “Eichel”, hockey fans have been treated to a vast variety of quality prospects in the NHL this season.
At the start of the 2015-2016 NHL season, hockey fans were wondering who would come out on top between McDavid and Eichel. However, these people were reminded that there are many more rookies to watch in the hunt for the Calder.
Max Domi: Son of former Leafs grinder Tie Domi, has been an excellent addition to the Arizona Coyotes roster. With 25 points (10-15-25) in 30 games, he has given new life to Coyotes, who sit in 2nd place in the Pacific division.
Anthony Duclair: Domi’s partner in crime for the 2015 World Juniors and now another addition for Coyotes. Duclair currently has 18 points (10-8-18) in 30 games and has been having a stellar rookie campaign with Max Domi.
Dylan Larkin: Perhaps the biggest surprise in the NHL so far, Larkin leads all rookies with 11 goals and has been a huge contributor for the Detroit Red Wings. Larkin is just one the many additions to Detroit’s collection of promising prospects. He opened the eyes of many hockey fans with a fantastic performance at the World Juniors last year.
Oscar Lindberg: A 2nd round pick in the 2010 NHL entry draft, Lindberg has been a solid player for the New-York Rangers this season. With 17 points (10-7-17) in 31 games this season, the young Swede has been a good contributor for the Rangers.
Artemi Panarin: He might be 24 years old, but this is his first season in the NHL nonetheless and Panarin has been nothing short of spectacular playing alongside Patrick Kane. He is currently leading all rookies in points (29) and assists (20).
Keep an eye on:
Shayne Gostisbehere: Recently called up to step in for injured defenseman Mark Streit, “Ghost” has been a breath of fresh air for Flyers fans, as they are trying to become a playoff team once again. Gostisbehere has 9 points in only 14 games, including 2 game-winning goals. He is now tied in rookie defenseman scoring with St. Louis’ Colton Parayko with 5 goals.
Robby Fabbri: A late 1st round pick in 2014, Fabbri has come a long way, he played in Canada’s top-6 at last years World Juniors but his tournament was cut short due to injury. However, he has a spot with the St. Louis Blues and will be a talented player in their organization for years to come.
Sam Reinhart: A very smart player with great vision and playmaking abilities. Reinhart and Eichel will lead the Sabres for a long time in the future.
Nikolaj Ehlers: Expect big things from Ehlers, he only has 12 points thus far, but he will be a valuable asset to Winnipeg and their fantastic prospect pool. Ehlers is a very skilled player but gets very limited ice time.
Brandon Murphy – @2murphy8