Not all rookies are created equal. This is the time of the year when we find out which NHL newcomers have the necessary mettle to make a significant leap in the postseason spotlight.
Unlike rookies of the past, there is a much smaller sample size for this current crop. The lockout-shortened regular season cost these young players an additional 34 games to fine-tune their craft in preparation for the playoffs.
A quick-paced campaign that must seem a lot like baptism by fire for rookies doesn't get any easier as the race for a Stanley Cup intensifies. Here's a look at 10 first-year standouts who should be in for strong playoff performances.