While the hubbub so far this early season is all about hot teams and new rookies, the beloved baby-faced rookies of last season have now grown into hard nosed experienced veterans and are largely forgotten.
For example, some in Los Angeles have seen the resurgence of the crown but may overlook the contributions of Drew Doughty, since a full season has passed since his addition to the team.
The same can be said for all the rookies on this top ten list. My most significant criteria was that the player be expected to live up to expectations and fill voids this season within his respective team. Many were top rookies last season and are now looking to adjust to the pressures of growing into an NHL veteran.
The players listed are in no particular order.