Rookies don't have to start dominating in the NHL with the first stride they take.
If the rookie's name is not Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Teemu Selanne, Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby, that's rarely going to happen.
But rookies will flash their talent and show signs that they have the potential to be superstars in the years to come.
We are not talking about rookies who are good and will likely remain functional. We're talking about rookies who have that special something to become superstars who will eventually dominate.
There's a lot more refinement and development needed, but there is the innate talent at their cores that may eventually get them to the top of heap.
(Rookies like Mark Arcobello of Edmonton, Sean Monahan of Calgary, Michael Bournival of Montreal and Tyler Johnson of Tampa Bay all appear to be solid players who may turn out to be key contributors, but they don't appear to be superstars.)