Making a Name: The Best NHL Rookies You've Probably Never Heard Of

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Making a Name: The Best NHL Rookies You've Probably Never Heard Of
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We know about John Tavares, Victor Hedman, and Matt Duchene and the impact they are going to have on their respective teams this year.

We know about Evander Kane and Nikita Filitov and the expectations that rest on the rookies' shoulders coming into the NHL.

But it's not always the big name prospects coming into the league that make a splash for their teams.

Across the league there are rookies galore cruising around NHL rinks trying to make a name for themselves in one of the toughest professional sports to crack a roster.

Each of these players is in a fight to stay up with the big club, trying to earn that roster spot before the team has to decide whether they stay up or go down after the nine-game window.

They don't always play for the best teams, in the biggest markets, with big-name linemates, but these rookies do have a chance to prove that they belong, and in doing so, mark their spot as one of the best young rising stars in the game.

Here now are some of the best rookies you've probably never heard of in the NHL right now.

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