The 12 Best NHL Rookies of 2009-10

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The 12 Best NHL Rookies of 2009-10

The NHL nominates three finalists for each trophy they hand out tonight in Las Vegas. Three is never enough to properly do honour to all the players who could legitimately have a shot at one of these year-end trophies.

This has never been more true than this year, when Tyler Myers of the Buffalo Sabres, Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings, and Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche compete for the honour of being named NHL rookie of the year and winning the Calder Memorial Trophy.

The cap-strapped NHL has seen many teams push rookies into the lineup, and a lot of those rookies have been contributing and excelling despite their inexperience. Colorado seemed ready to run with an all-rookie lineup for long stretches of the season.

Here is a deeper look at the 2009-10 rookie class and how the top dozen rookies in the league fared last year.

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