Ranking the 10 Most Surprising Rookies of the 2013 NHL Season

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Ranking the 10 Most Surprising Rookies of the 2013 NHL Season
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Brandon Saad has given the Blackhawks a dynamic presence in his rookie season.

At the start of the season, this appeared to be a huge season for rookies.

NHL teams and observers expecting big things from Mikael Granlund in Minnesota, Chris Kreider with the Rangers, Nail Yakupov in Edmonton and Vladimir Tarasenko in St. Louis.

Wile Yakupov and Tarasenko have made solid contributions to their teams, Granlund and Kreider have yet to find their places with their respective clubs. Both have spent time in the minor leagues and have played inconsistently at the NHL level.

Here's a look at the rookies who have exceeded expectations and surprised with their performances in 2013.

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