Training camp is no place to be shy—not if you are a rookie who wants to make an NHL roster.
Young players have their work cut out for them if they want to make the jump from junior hockey, college or the minor leagues to the NHL. To do so, you have to create an impression with instinctive and aggressive play.
Those who are afraid of making a mistake will find their time in an NHL training camp ending quickly.
With competition for jobs incredibly stiff, many coaches are looking for players to pare from their rosters. If there is any hesitation in a rookie's game, that's often enough to get sent down.
Training camp is a great time to make an impression. Only the best rookies will win jobs right out of camp and get to start the regular season with their teams.
However, a strong performance that wasn't quite enough will also leave an impression in a coach's mind. When a spot opens up, the coach may opt for the player he saw performing well in training camp.
Here are the rookies who have stood out so far.