The NHL is filled with players from all walks of life. Some are crafty veterans, some are journeymen looking to stick with a team and others are young players looking to make a name for themselves.
The life of an NHL rookie is a tough yet exciting one. They are looking to stick with their clubs while playing well and earning respect.
Some young players have an immediate impact on their team. They are young, exciting and above all else, a joy to watch.
Check out four young talents who have impressed so far in their NHL careers.
Jonathan Huberdeau has been absolutely dynamite for the Florida Panthers.
The young center has 13 goals and 12 assists for a cool 25 points in 36 games played.
He has excellent vision and speed on the ice to complement his tremendous skills. Despite being only 20, he is quickly becoming a crucial player on his team.
Speaking of his excellent play, he is currently on pace for a 57-point rookie season.
Not bad at all.
The Montreal Canadiens made a smart pick when they drafted Gallagher in 2010.
Despite the Edmonton native's diminutive nature, he has been buzzing all around the ice, particularly in front of his opponents' net.
The tenacious winger has earned himself 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points in this lockout-shortened season so far.
The good times keep on rolling for the young player, and you're going to want to have your eye on him, especially if the Habs make the playoffs.
The Blackhawks have been one of the NHL's best teams this season.
With the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, it's no wonder they are so good.
The play of rookie Brandon Saad has also been a bright spot in this short season.
With seven goals and 13 helpers, he has a solid 20 points overall. His plus-12 rating is also something to be commended.
Saad continued his hot streak after coming off of a great month of March, when he notched three goals and 15 points in 14 games.
Jake Muzzin was just recently named the top NHL rookie for the month of March.
The LA Kings rearguard beat out other top rookies for the honour, including Brandon Saad, Jonathan Huberdeau, Brendan Gallagher, Jake Allen and Robin Lehner.
After a slow start to the year, Muzzin has improved by leaps and bounds. He currently has six goals and eight assists in 32 games played.
His plus-13 rating puts him in first among rookies this season. Muzzin's 14 points also tie him for third among freshman blueliners.
If the defending champions make the playoffs this season, look for Muzzin to play an integral role patrolling their blue line.
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