Welcome back to a great week for rookies! Hope you enjoy what's in store for this week.
Marner is on fire right now with at least one point in ALL three games this week (2 A vs. Detroit, 1 G vs. Philadelphia, 1 G vs. Carolina). 17 G, 37 A, 54 points (one behind teammate Auston Matthews and 5 behind Patrik Laine for all rookies). Marner still leads the team in assists and is second in points.
If you think Marner was the only Leafs rookie with at least a point in each game, then you definitely have not heard of Nylander! His order for the three game week goes assist-goal-assist which launched him into fourth on the team with 18 goals (one ahead of Marner!), tied for second with 30 assists, and fifth in points at 48. Efforts made by both Nylander and Marner are the reason why the Leafs won 3 straight this week and can keep their playoff dreams alive.
On March 9, vs. the New York Rangers, Aho had 2 goals and an assist in the Canes' victory. What you may not know is that this amazing player took care of the game the entire time. He helped assist Carolina's second goal which gave them a lead until New York was up by one goal (3-2). What did Aho do in the third period? Score not one, but TWO powerplay goals to win the game for the Canes. Aho is doing some amazing things for Carolina and is second in the team with 20 goals. He also has 18 assists which makes 38 points for the rookie.
Chychrun's big night last night gave him not one, not two, but THREE points in the Coyotes' win over the Devils. Chychrun had his hand in every period of the game with a powerplay goal in the first, an assist in the fourth goal of the game in the second, and an assist in the game winning goal in the third. If you're going to have a multipoint game, might as well do it in style and assist a game winner... His fantastic game earned him First Star of the game because if he didn't get that, I honestly would have no idea who else would. Chychrun now ranks third in goals by rookie defencemen with 6 (the number he wears!) and is ahead of the next guy on this list!
The Stars rookie defenceman is known for both his scoring abilities and for great defence compared to other rookie defencemen. Lindell ranks third in time on ice per game with an average of 21:34, fourth in goals with 5, and is fifth in +/- with +7 for all rookie defencemen. Not only are his numbers good for a rookie, but they are also good for the team as he ranks second in time on ice behind the team's best defenceman John Klingberg. Lindell also has the best +/- for the defence on the team and is ranked third over everyone on the team. Lindell is a great addition to the Stars' defence this year and will be apart of the major improvement that needs to be done in the offseason to get this team back to glory.
Remember last week when Weal got his first goal?! Well, that's not his only goal in the NHL! Also, remember when he was tearing it up in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms? It may seem a long time ago, but we are now witnessing the beginning of Weal's NHL career that will hopefully be a good one with the Flyers. On Tuesday, Weal had his first multipoint game against the Sabres where he scored one goal and had his first assist. Weal's goal in the second took the lead and ran with it there as the Flyers blew out the Sabres 6-3. Weal's third goal came as the only goal for the team in their loss vs. Boston last night. Weal is already fitting in with the team and it's exciting to see him excel with his NHL call up.
Philadelphia may be behind in terms of making it to the playoffs, but they already established major trust with their young, first year defenceman. Provorov has the highest ice time for team with an average of 21:44 per game. He also takes the most shifts for the team with 28.40 every game. Provorov has not scored in awhile but he has 24 points already (5 G, 19 A) in 67 games. With long shifts like his, offense is not the most important thing that he was made to do for this team.
Tkachuk's two assists this week have definitely added more fuel to the fire that is the 9 game winning streak for the Flames. The Flames are now in the mix for the playoffs in the Pacific and knocked out rival Edmonton temporarily and left them in the wild card. Winning 9 in a row, being in a good playoff position, having your rookie set up nice plays, and kicking out your rival from a good spot all in one week?! Sounds great to me. Tkachuk's 32 assists are very good for rookies and ranks him in second, tied with the guy below...
Werenski had two assists this week in Columbus' win and loss to the Sabres. Werenski holds the number two spot on the team with 32 assists and is tied with Tkachuk for second most among rookies. Werenski also plays 21:09 minutes each game for the team and is fourth among a defense that puts up consistent minutes each game.
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!