There is perhaps no greater pressure on an athlete than that which comes with being a highly touted rookie. For such players in the NHL, they're usually coming to a team that is terrible, with fans that are starving for something to be happy about, and a management team that is hoping you'll be the new face of the franchise...oh, and play some good hockey, too.
Some players excel when faced with such pressures their first year; just look at 2009 Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason. Others fail to deliver.
Then there are those who have a phenomenal first year, and then fall flat on their face in their sophomore season, just look at 2009 Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason.
You hear a lot about the so-called "sophomore slump" in the NHL; however, not enough attention is given to those players that either maintain their great play of the year before, or, better yet, turn a disappointing rookie campaign into a brilliant sophomore season.
The following is a look at the 10 best second-year men in the NHL.