30 NHL Sophomores To Watch in the 2011-12 Season

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30 NHL Sophomores To Watch in the 2011-12 Season
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Last year, over 200 players made their NHL debuts. While a few stuck with their teams for the whole season, others only got short cups of coffee. But they were all trying to do the same thing: make a positive impression on their coaches and general managers to become full-time NHL players.

The 30 players featured in this slideshow had varying degrees of success in their rookie seasons. Some were complete surprises to make their team's roster and ended up becoming key players, while others are still developing but showed promise at one point or another.

So which players will be looking to avoid the sophomore slump and lay down another brick on their path to success in the NHL?

Keep reading to find out.

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