You know it was a good week for rookies when the trio from Toronto shows up! It was a big week for rookies on the big stage and in crucial moments. Game winners are here and so are those who help their team earn at least a point. Enjoy all the latest news from this week's hottest rookies!
Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Trio
The hottest rookie in the NHL just keeps getting hotter, especially after heating up on the big stage at the Centennial Classic last Sunday. Matthews now caught up to Patrik Laine and is tied at second in the league with 21 goals. Matthews has put his name on the score sheet 3 out the 4 games this week, with 2 goals in the Centennial Classic, 2 assists against Washington, and 1 goal in Friday's game against New Jersey. Matthews' offense has made it possible for Toronto to be the best first period scoring team at 44 goals (StatsCentre).
If a Maple Leafs player isn't on here, did a report ever happen? Luckily for all of us, the entire Leafs rookie trio is here!
Marner woke up this week after his 3 assist game back on Dec. 22 and scored a goal and an assist in the big game vs. Detroit. He was not finished with scoring and did the same combo against Washington on Tuesday.
Marner is third in points for the team at 29 (just 1 point behind James van Riemsdyk!) but leads in assists with 22 after another 3 assist night last night.
Nylander has not scored a goal since Dec. 28, but he remains quietly behind the scenes with 2 assists in the last 4 games and the second spot on the team with 18 assists. He also is fourth in the team for points mostly because of his assists. Two givers in the trio and one amazing goal scorer. Sounds like a great group to watch in Toronto.
I'm a little upset that I have not mentioned Mantha earlier because he really is doing well with Detroit. Without Mantha, Detroit would have not earned their point in the Centennial Classic without Mantha's assist and 2 goal effort, including a clock beater that sent the game into overtime.
Mantha also shined in the City of Angels when he faced the Kings and scored a goal and tallied an assist in the 4-0 shutout. He finished out the West Coast trip with a goal against San Jose last night. Mantha now has 11 goals and 8 assists in 25 games this season.
Laine still remains at the top of the rookies in scoring at 37 points comprised of 21 goals and 16 assists, thanks to 6 points earned this week( 1 goal, 2 assists vs. Tampa Bay, 1 goal, 1 assist vs. Florida, and 1 assist vs. Buffalo). Unfortunately, Laine was hurt in yesterday's game against Buffalo and left in the beginning of the third period. He was diagnosed with a concussion and we do not know when he will return for the Jets.
Lindell leads all Dallas defensemen and is second on the team in +/- with +5. On the offensive side, Lindell scored his fourth goal on Wednesday against the Canadiens at a crucial time in the game. Without his goal, Dallas would have not went into overtime and earn their point in that game.
Prior to that game, Lindell had not scored since Dec. 23. I wonder if he thought, 'Wow! I haven't scored in a year!' or maybe he hates it when people do that...
An insurance goal and a game winner in one week? Kase does not play around here. The rookie is heating up at the right time for the Ducks and is helping them take over the Pacific Division at first place after Friday's big win in OT against the Coyotes. Kase's goal was 'unassisted' but he did get some help from Arizona goalie Mike Smith because he is just that great.
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!