Rookies are always tough to judge in the NHL. Sometimes, scouts and coaches are right and players meet or exceed expectations.
But for every Gabriel Landeskog, Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin who shines as a rookie, there is a player like Nino Niederreiter who struggles in his first year in the NHL.
Keep in mind, I am not saying the players on this list will be failures at the NHL level. I am merely saying they will have some adjusting to do and it may take a little longer than expected for them to reach their potential.
In some instances, expectations are simply too high and the player will struggle to meet them. A player chosen first overall in the draft, for example, could score 15 goals and 35 points as a rookie and would not be living up to expectations. Give the same numbers to an undrafted free agent and he exceeds expectations.
Here in no particular order are nine rookies who will struggle to meet expectations in the lockout-shortened 2013 season.
Feel free to comment or add your own players to this list that you feel I may have missed. Please say why you believe the player you are mentioning belongs on the list.