Excluding the rookies who will be drafted in 2009, I want to highlight some other prospects from prior draft years or recent FA signings that could be ready to make the jump up to the NHL, and possibly make an impact right away.
To be considered a rookie, a player must not have played in 25 or more NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie.
You may have forgotten about some of these players I'm listing, or maybe never even knew about them, so this is a good chance for you to catch up on the next wave of rookies who should be making it into the NHL.
This slideshow contains my choice of the 10 best NHL ready rookies outside of the 2009 NHL draft for you to keep an eye on.