Heading into September's NHL Training Camps, there are a handful of rookies on each team with opportunities to make the jump to the next level and earn roster spots for at least the beginning of the season.
From there, the number of rookies in the NHL will decrease by the end of October, but the ones who remain will be given chances to fill big roles for their respective teams.
Just as Taylor Hall, Michael Grabner and Jeff Skinner did in 2010-11, there will be first-year players who emerge as top-line players as the season progresses, as they gradually prove themselves at the NHL level.
The 2011 NHL Draft was not considered to include superstar-caliber players, but it did feature a number of names that could be on rosters when the NHL Season opens in October.
Here are the top seven rookies who appear poised to make an impact in the NHL in 2011-12.