This year's group of NHL rookies has been one of the better ones in recent years. While some of the rookies were drafted this past June in New Jersey, there are older first-year players that are carrying some big responsibilities in the early going.
A lot of these players, unsurprisingly, are playing on teams that are not powerhouses, or at least were not thought to be as the season began. Top teams don't normally give rookies a lot of responsibility unless they are truly exceptional.
In some cases, these rookies have been key players in contributing to the early success of their teams. In other instances, while these players have a lot of responsibility, it may be a long season in terms of overall losses for their clubs.
Let's have a look at the 2013-14 NHL rookies, in no particular order, who have the most responsibility among their peers.
Honorable mentions: Sean Monahan, Danny DeKeyser, Morgan Rielly and Mattias Ekholm
All stats can be found on nhl.com unless otherwise noted.