NHL Rookie Power Rankings of 2011-12

Steven MarinoContributor IIIMarch 7, 2012

NHL Rookie Power Rankings of 2011-12

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    The NHL has about a month remaining in the regular season with tight playoff races in both conferences.

    Much is asked for by rookies who are called up to the NHL.  It is a faster game with excruciating physical play that is tough to handle for any player, let alone an 18 year old, yet many teams have relied on young talent to help carry their teams to winning records.

    With that being said, here are the power rankings for 2011-2012 NHL rookies. 

Gabriel Bourque: Nashville Predators

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    Drafted 132nd in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, left winger Gabriel Bourque has ten points on the season, with four goals and six assists.

    The 21-year-old from Quebec has played in 27 games for the Predators this season, averaging a little over 13 minutes per game with 34 shots on goal. 

Cory Emmerton: Detroit Red Wings

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    Cory Emmerton was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft, 41st overall.

    The 23-year-old Ontario native has produced 10 points for the Red Wings, with six goals and four assists in 55 games on his rookie campaign.

    Emmerton, who plays left wing and center, is averaging almost eight minutes of ice time per game with the Red Wings this season, and he has 52 shots on goal thus far.

Andrew Shaw: Chicago Blackhawks

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    This 20-year-old center from Ontario was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

    On the season, Andrew Shaw has played in 22 games, averaging over 14 minutes of playing time.

    Shaw has ten points on the season, with six goals and four assists, while generating 46 shots on goal.

Brayden Schenn: Philadelphia Flyers

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    Brayden Schenn was drafted fifth overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2009 draft.

    Now with the Philadelphia Flyers, the 20-year-old Canadian has 11 points on the season, with eight goals and three assists.

    Schenn has played in 36 games this season, with 66 shots on goal and around 14 minutes of ice time. 

Marc-Andre Gragnani: Vancouver Canucks

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    Recently acquired by the Vancouver Canucks from the Buffalo Sabres, 24-year-old defenseman and Quebec native Marc-Andre Gragnani has played in 46 NHL games this season.

    Gragnani was drafted in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft by the Sabres, and this season Gragnani has accumulated 12 points, with one goal and 11 assists.  

    Gragnani is averaging over 16 minutes of ice time with 36 shots on goal this season.

Dmitry Orlov: Washington Capitals

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    The 20-year-old Russian defenseman was selected 55th overall in the 2009 draft.

    Appearing in 46 games this season, Dmitry Orlov has 12 points on the season, with two goals and ten assists.

    Orlov is averaging 17 minutes per game and has 42 shots on goal. 

Matt Frattin: Toronto Maple Leafs

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    Selected in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft, Matt Frattin has played in 41 games with the Maple Leafs this season.

    The left winger from Alberta has 12 points on the season, with six goals and six assists.

    Frattin has averaged over 12 minutes of ice time this season with 64 shots on goal.

TJ Brodie: Calgary Flames

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    TJ Brodie was selected 114th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft.  

    The 21-year-old defenseman from Ontario has played in 52 games for the Calgary Flames this season, with 13 points off of two goals and 11 assists.

    Brodie has 44 shots on goal this season and averages over 16 minutes of ice time per game.

Andrew Desjardins: San Jose Sharks

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    Andrew Desjardins is a 25-year-old center for the San Jose Sharks.

    The Ontario native has played in 59 games this season and has 13 points thus far.

    Desjardins has three goals and ten assists, while receiving about nine minutes of playing time and tallyiing 60 shots on goal.

Stefan Elliott: Colorado Avalanche

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    Stefan Elliot was selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL draft.

    The 21-year-old defenseman from Canada has played in 37 games this season for the Colorado Avalanche.

    Elliot has 13 points on the season, with four goals and nine assists, while averaging 17 minutes of playing time and 81 shots on goal.

Slava Voynov: Los Angeles Kings

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    Drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft, the 22-year-old Russian defenseman has appeared in 37 games for the Los Angeles Kings so far this season.

    Slava Voynov has 13 points thus far, with four goals and nine assists.

    Voynov has had 57 shots on goal, while averaging 18 minutes of ice time per game.

Roman Josi: Nashville Predators

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    Selected 38th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, the Swiss native has appeared in 44 games this season with the Nashville Predators.

    The 21-year-old has 13 points on the season, including four goals and nine assists.

    Josi has averaged over 18 minutes per game as a defenseman, and has had 54 shots on goal.

Jared Cowen: Ottawa Senators

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    Defenseman Jared Cowen was drafted ninth overall in 2009 by the Ottawa Senators.

    The 21-year-old Canadian has appeared in 67 games this season, accumulating 15 points, with five goals and ten have assists.

    Cowen has averaged over 19 minutes per game and has had 52 shots on goal.

Adam Larsson: New Jersey Devils

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    The Swedish native was selected fourth overall in the 2011 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils.

    Adam Larsson is a 19-year-old defenseman who has appeared in 53 games so far this season, accumulating 57 shots on goal thus far.

    Larsson has 16 points, with two goals and 14 assists, and is averaging 21:33 minutes per game.  

Raphael Diaz: Montreal Canadiens

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    The 26-year-old Swiss native has appeared in 59 games with the Montreal Canadiens this season.

    Raphael Diaz has put together 16 points, with three goals and 13 assists.

    The defenseman has 61 shots on goal this season, while averaging 18 minutes per contest.

Justin Faulk: Carolina Hurricanes

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    Drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, the 19-year-old defenseman has played in 49 games with the Carolina Hurricanes.

    Justin Faulk has seven goals and ten assists in his inaugural season.

    Faulk has 80 shots on goal, while averaging 22:44 minutes per game, leading all rookies this season.

Ryan Johansen: Columbus Blue Jackets

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    Selected fourth overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, center Ryan Johansen has appeared in 51 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

    The 19-year-old Canadian has 17 points this season, putting the puck in the back of the net nine times, while contributing with eight assists.

    While only averaging 13 minutes per game, Johansen has accumulated 87 shots on goal.

Jake Gardiner: Toronto Maple Leafs

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    The 21-year-old Minnesota native was selected 17th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Anaheim Ducks.

    Defenseman Jake Gardiner has played in 58 games this season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, accumulating 19 points, with four goals and 15 assists.

    Gardiner has had 65 shots on goal, while averaging over 21 minutes of ice time per game.

Marcus Kruger: Chicago Blackhawks

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    The 21-year-old Swedish native was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

    Marcus Kruger has played in 57 games with the Chicago Blackhawks, earning 19 points thus far with eight goals and 11 assists in his inaugural season.

    The young center is averaging over 14 minutes per game, while accumulating 74 shots on goal.

Luke Adam: Buffalo Sabres

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    Center Luke Adam was selected in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.

    The Canadian has appeared in 52 games this season with the Buffalo Sabres, earning 20 points thus far.

    Adam has ten goals and 20 assists, with 89 shots on goal.

    Adam is earning an average of over 12 minutes per game. 

Nick Johnson: Minnesota Wild

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    Selected in the third round in the 2004 NHL Draft, the 26 year old Alberta native plays right wing for the Minnesota Wild.

    Nick Johnson has played in 62 games this NHL season, accumulating 22 points, with six goals and 16 assists.

    Johnson averages over 14 minutes of playing time per game, and has generated 118 shots on goal this season.

Sean Couturier: Philadelphia Flyers

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    The 19-year-old Phoenix, Arizona native was drafted eighth overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.

    Center Sean Couturier has played 59 games with the Philadelphia Flyers this season, tallying 22 points thus far, with 11 goals and 11 assists.

    Couturier has generated 90 shots on goal, while averaging over 13 minutes per game.

Colin Greening: Ottawa Senators

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    A 2005 seventh round draft pick, Colin Greening has appeared in 67 games this season with the Ottawa Senators.

    The 25-year-old left winger has 28 points on the season, with 12 goals and 16 assists.

    Greening averages over 15 minutes per contest and has 146 shots on goal.

Carl Hagelin: New York Rangers

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    Drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Draft, Swedish native Carl Hagelin has made a name for himself in the Big Apple.

    The 23-year-old Hagelin has appeared in 46 games this season with the New York Rangers, accumulating 28 points thus far, with 12 goals and 16 assists.

    Hagelin averages over 14 minutes of playing time and has taken 92 shots on goal. 

Craig Smith: Nashville Predators

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    Craig Smith is a 22-year-old native of Madison, Wisconsin who was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

    Smith plays the center position and has accumulated 32 points this season, with 12 goals and 20 assists thus far.

    He is averaging over 14 minutes of ice time per game and taking 158 shots on goal.

Cody Hodgson: Buffalo Sabres

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    Center Cody Hodgson was drafted tenth overall in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks.

    Traded to the Buffalo Sabres this season, Hodgson has appeared in 67 games, earning 33 points on 16 goals and 17 assists thus.

    The 22-year-old is averaging almost 13 minutes per game, while accumulating 111 shots on goal.

Matt Read: Philadelphia Flyers

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    25-year-old right winger Matt Read has appeared in 61 games this season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

    Read has 38 points on the season, with 18 goals and 20 assists so far.

    Read has taken 133 shots on goal, while averaging over 17 minutes per contest.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Edmonton Oilers

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    The former number one draft choice in 2011, center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has played in 45 games this season with the Edmonton Oilers.

    The 18-year-old British Columbia native has 39 points in his inaugural NHL season, with 15 goals and 24 assists.

    Nugent-Hopkins has taken 93 shots on goal this season and is averaging over 17 minutes of ice time per game. 

Gabriel Landeskog: Colorado Avalanche

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    The number two overall draft pick in 2011 was 19-year-old Gabriel Landeskog.

    The Swedish native has 41 points on the season with 18 goals and 23 assists.

    Landeskog has appeared in 67 games this season with the Colorado Avalanche, averaging over 18 minutes per game and accumulating a rookie high 220 shots on net thus far.

Adam Henrique: New Jersey Devils

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    Selected in the third round of the 2008 NHL Draft, 22-year-old Adam Henrique leads all rookies in points this season.

    Henrique has appeared in 57 games this season with the New Jersey Devils, accumulating 43 points, with 15 goals and 28 assists.

    The Ontario native is averaging over 18 minutes of ice time per game, while taking 106 shots on goal.