Ranking the 10 Most Surprising NHL Rookies in 2013-14

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Ranking the 10 Most Surprising NHL Rookies in 2013-14
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Tomas Hertl started the season off with quite a shocking bang, scoring six goals and seven points in just the first three games. What other rookies have stunned fans, coaches and analysts with their unexpectedly strong starts?

This list is about rookies whose performances have been the most surprising, not the best. Nathan MacKinnon's strong season, for example, has surprised absolutely nobody.

Instead of high-profile rookies like Sean Monahan or Torey Krug, this ranking will instead feature those who weren't even expected to see NHL action at all. Like Hertl, it will also include a few youngsters who were expected to be only secondary players, not major difference makers.

Are you ready for a ranking so awesome that Adam Oates will consider it disrespectful? Then let's begin!

 

Scoring data comes from NHL.com, and all advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.

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