Every year NHL fans from coast-to-coast fill with excitement at the thought of watching one of the many rookies turn into a legitimate NHL star.
Last season, we watched as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers (12th overall, 2008 NHL Entry Draft) dominated his position, posting 11 goals and 37 assists for a total of 48 points—distributing some vicious hits along the way!
New York Islanders rookie forward John Tavares, Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Matt Duchene, and Detroit Red Wings rookie goaltender Jimmy Howard, all had impressive seasons, leaving many NHL fans wanting more.
Luckily, the 2010-11 NHL season will feature a rookie class that is sure to give the likes of Myers, Duchene, Tavares and Howard a run for their money in the excitement, statistics and performance departments alike.
The NHL Hockey Operations Guide qualifies a “rookie” as follows:
“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.”
With that in mind, let’s take a look at ten rookies (in no particular order) you should have your eyes on this upcoming season—will your favorite prospect make the list?