With both Thanksgivings behind us, and the holidays, and world juniors coming up, it’s time to take a look at the most exciting rookies again. Eric Staal is this years measuring stick.

Eric Staal:

  • -18, down from last look.
  • 7-12-19
  • averages 21:20 TOI

Rookie Goalies:

  • Jhonas Enroth of the Buffalo Sabres 8 wins in 14 starts, just under 880 minutes played, .925 sv% 2.32 GAA
  • Thomas Greiss of the San Jose Sharks 4 wins in 7 starts, about 482 minutes .918 sv% 2.37GAA

Defensemen:

  • Marc-Andre Gragnani of the Buffalo Sabres is 2nd in scoring for rookie defensemen, has a +11 on a team whose total goal differential is +3
  • Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes, while playing in just 15 games has not only a positive takeaway to giveaway ratio, but it’s 2 to 1. 10th overall in scoring, 2nd in TOI, solid hit and blocked numbers.
  • Adam Larsson of the New Jersey Devils 22:27 of TOI leading all rookies, 1st in rookie defensemen for scoring.
  • Jared Cowen of the Ottawa Senators, steadily rising ice time has him at 18 73 hits 31 blocked shots, doesn’t turn the puck over much or 7th in scoring rookie defenseman, leads all rookie defensemen in SHTOI,

Forwards:

  • Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils, late to party but making up for it. 3rd in rookie scoring, tops in average ice time with 18 minutes 6-14-20, only rookie to take more than 300 faceoffs so far, playing in all situations.
  • Craig Smith, Nashville Predators, playing in a very defensive system he’s still #2 in rookie scoring despite much less ice time than RNH, even giveaway to takeaway ratio.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers lots of ice time, leads rookies in scoring, tied for 5th in NHL in scoring.

Others to watch: Gabriel Landeskog, Luke Adam, Matt Read, Jake Gardiner, Matt Hackett


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