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Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks
The Sharks rookie led all freshmen in goals and points before a knee injury led to surgery at the end of December. His future is bright, and the Czech center has already exceeded early expectations.
Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues
Schwartz was picked ahead of Vladimir Tarasenko in the first round of the 2010 NHL entry draft because he was considered a safer selection without a transfer agreement in place between the KHL and NHL at the time. He's made that first round a whopper for the St. Louis Blues.
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
The 21-year-old Minnesotan made Team USA at the Sochi Games ahead of more notable names like Dustin Byfuglien, Keith Yandle, Jack Johnson and Erik Johnson.
Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens
As a 19-year-old, Galchenyuk had a dynamic rookie season with the Habs last year, forming a key part of a young nucleus that includes Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller. Now 20, he's having a nice sophomore year with 12 goals and 26 points in 51 games.
Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
For a kid who wasn't even drafted, the 23-year-old Johnson has become a rookie sensation while stepping up for the Lightning while Steven Stamkos was injured.
Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames
With just one more goal, Monahan will become the first Flames rookie to hit the 20-goal mark. Many of them have come at clutch times, including an overtime winner. Monahan may not be the most inspiring quote, but his well-rounded play does a lot of talking.
All stats are via NHL.com