NHL Rookies Facing the Most Pressure in 2013-14 Season

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NHL Rookies Facing the Most Pressure in 2013-14 Season
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Since the 2004-05 lockout, NHL general managers have been forced to fill out their rosters with talented young players who bring speed and skill to the ice but don't take up much of the salary cap.

As young players with entry-level contracts, rookies are under a lot of pressure to perform at a high level and become box-office players who sell tickets and make their teams a staple of the surrounding community.

After a strong 2013 draft in which a lot of the top 10 picks could earn a spot on NHL rosters in training camp, the expectations on rookies will be even greater during the 2013-14 season.

Let's take a look at five rookies under the most pressure to perform.

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