While it is not possible every year, the just-concluded 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs offered enough noteworthy freshman performers at each position to compose an All-Rookie team.
Each member spent all or part of the 2011-12 regular season at an amateur or minor league level. But for two or more NHL postseason rounds, they jutted among or above their teammates by either holding their own in a showdown with veterans, having a hand in multiple game-winning plays, or just getting rewarded for grunt work.
Two of this author’s selections took part in the act of dethroning the top two seeds in their conference. Another came within one win of doing the same, but settled for cutting off the reigning champions’ title defense.
Two more either topped or hovered around the upper echelon of their team’s plus/minus column while another arguably gave his tired and worn out team a fighting chance in the third round.
And two of them are now champions.
From the net out, the top six rookies from the 2012 playoffs are as follows.