From the West to the East, the rookies are taking over and having multipoint nights! Here are the best rookie performances from the past week:
10/19 vs. Dallas: 2 G, 1 A, +1, 5 SOG, 20:02 TOI
10/21 vs. Chi: 1 G, -2, 3 SOG, 20:41 TOI
10/24 at NYI: 2 A, 4 SOG, 18:15 TOI
Keller is on fire right now and leads all rookies with 10 points (6 G, 4 A). His team absolutely needs his help right now and he is definitely giving it to them with multipoint games. Right now, he is still a strong favorite for the Calder and hopefully he can keep it up and get his team a win.
10/18 vs. MTL: 3 G, 1 A, +4, 5 SOG, 11:47 TOI
10/21 at CBJ: 1 SOG, 9:02
10/23 at Tor: 1 G, +1, 3 SOG, 12:25 TOI
10/24 at Ott: 1 G, 1 A, +1, 2 SOG, 15:15 TOI
From Keller to Kempe, the Pacific offers exciting rookies to watch. Kempe played last season and was featured here, but this is his true rookie season. He earned his first career hat trick vs. Montréal and wowed the crowd with a nice shootout winner last night. Things are also going well for his team so his success is just another bonus.
10/19 at CBJ: 2 G, +2, 3 SOG, 12:49 TOI
10/21 vs. Pitt: 1 G (PPG), 1 A, +1, 1 SOG. 16:56 TOI
10/24 at Car: 1 G, +1, 5 SOG, 14:23 TOI
Sergachev is rolling right now with a nice point streak that puts him second in points at nine (4 G, 5 A). Those in Montréal definitely missed out on this rookie when he was traded for Jonathan Drouin this summer.
10/19 vs. Ott: 2 G, 1 A, +1, 2 SOG, 18:20 TOI
10/20 vs. SJ: -2, 2 SOG, 17:24 TOI
And our first pick overall struck for his first NHL goal and then some! Hischier's three point performance that night was great to see because he deserved to finally get his glory. With the talented rookies, New Jersey will hopefully make some waves this year especially with Hischier starting to score more.
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10/10 at Car: 2 G, +2, 3 SOG, 13:48 TOI
10/13 vs. NYR: -1, 2 SOG, 13:04 TOI
10/14 at Min: -1, 11:36 TOI
10/17 at Win: +1, 2 SOG, 14:59 TOI
Milano got off to a hot start last Tuesday with two goals and still leads all rookies at four goals in the six games he played. One of the goals on Tuesday included an OT winner and that was the end of Milano's 4 goal streak in three games, one of the best in the franchise.
10/11 at Tor: 1 A, +1, 1 SOG, 17:15 TOI
10/13 vs. Wash: 1 SOG, 16:07 TOI
10/14 at NYR: 17:22 TOI
10/17 vs. TB: 2 SOG, 11:18 TOI
Bratt is second among rookies in plus/minus at +5, second in points (6) and tied for second in goals (3). He is also the first Devils player to record five points in the first two games of his career (per @pr_nhl). Bratt is impressive as a left winger for the Devils and is the rookie making waves on their offense right now.
10/11 at Tor: 2 A, +2, 2 SOG, 16:18 TOI
10/13 vs. Wash: 1 A, 2 SOG, 19:02 TOI
10/14 at NYR: 2 A, +1, 14:49 TOI
10/17 vs. TB: 1 A, +1, 16:32 TOI
Butcher leads all rookies in points (9), plus/minus (+6) and assists (9). Butcher is the first rookie defenseman to record at least nine assists in his first six games (per @pr_nhl). He is a great help for the Devils on defense and is one of the players to watch there. New Jersey has a good thing going on right now, so pay attention now.
10/15 vs. Bos: W, 1 GA, 21 SV, .955 SV%
10/17 vs. Buff: W, 4 GA, 30 SV, .882 SV%
Subban leads all rookie goaltenders in wins (2), goals against average (2.42) and save percentage (.911). Subban came in clutch for Vegas after their great goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was placed on the IR for a concussion with his two wins. His first win was special because it came against the team that let him go and he got to earn his way back into the NHL with a team that needs him. Vegas has a great season already and Subban's success just adds even more to the sweet start.
It's back! The NHL season returned last week and so did the new class of rookies! Exciting new faces to watch and names to learn as we watch to see who will make the difference for their team. Here's to a good year and some fun!
McAvoy started his NHL career during the playoffs and impressed the Bruins with his longer logs on ice for a rookie fresh out of his college season. He did not disappoint in his first regular season game with his first NHL goal in Boston's win over Nashville. Expect to see great performances from Boston's rookies this year and McAvoy is one of the defensemen to watch.
Stats in two games-
10/5 vs. Nash: 1 G, 1 A, +1, 22:00
10/9 vs. Col: -2, 19:28
Keller is Arizona's newest rookie sensation and is the one to watch for American hockey fans. He spent most of last year playing on Boston University and won a roster spot this season with hopes of starring on Arizona's offense. Keller got the first goal out of the way in his first game and hopes to do more for Arizona.
Stats in two games-
10/5 at Ana: 1 G, -1, 19:44, 3 SOG
10/7 vs. VGK: 22:36, 6 SOG
Remember the 2016 Draft where Matthews went No. 1, Laine went No. 2, and then another player went No. 3? Well, Dubois was that guy and he's already having a good start to the year for Columbus after scoring his first NHL goal in his debut game. Dubois will be great for Columbus as a physical threat on offense.
Stats in two games-
10/6 vs. NYI: 1 G, +1, 3 SOG
10/7 at Chi: 15:13, 1 SOG
Frk almost went back to play in Europe instead of the NHL after being a restricted free agent this summer and not being sure about making it on Detroit's roster. Detroit is sure happy to have Frk there for his two goals in two games. They also will be happy to have his hard shot on their team to intimidate opposing teams' defense.
Stats in two games-
10/5 vs. Min: 1 G, 1 A, 2 SOG, 10:38
10/7 at Ott: 1 G, +1, 3 SOG, 11:57
Vrana adds another spark to the great offense in Washington with three points in three games. He's able to create more opportunities for them and use his great speed to move things along for a game that requires great speed.
Stats in three games-
10/5 at Ott: 2 A, +3, 5 SOG, 17:16
10/7 vs. Mtl: 1 A, +1, 1 SOG, 15:15
10/9 at TB: -2, 12:02
Excited for this season and this new class!
The summer is officially over and it's the most wonderful time of the year! Hockey is back and there are so many great games going on that you can spend a good amount of your day watching them (I don't recommend that but if you have NHL TV, get your money's worth!).
Here's today's schedule and the top games to watch:
Recommended Game for Afternoon-
Toronto at Winnipeg: As a big fan of last year's rookie class, the thought of Matthews vs. Laine on Night One is just match made in hockey heaven. Both had great debuts last year and it will be exciting to see what they do in their sophomore seasons. Toronto had a great season and they will definitely try to go further this year. They have Patrick Marleau for veteran leadership and that could help. Winnipeg will want to do better in the beginning after having a strong finish in the regular season. A playoff spot would definitely make them happy.
Recommended Game for Evening-
Calgary at Edmonton: Mike Smith begins his time with the Flames, a team that could use a solid goaltender after not having one in the playoffs. He will face a big test in Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and company after looking dominant in the playoffs. The Oilers will just continue to get better each season as their offense matures and becomes even more skilled and stronger. The Flames are a decent team in making the playoffs last year and they could put up a good fight in the Battle of Alberta.
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!