NHL: 10 Best Players in Their Sophomore Season

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NHL: 10 Best Players in Their Sophomore Season
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The term "sophomore slump" is thrown around quite a bit in all sports.  Whether it's not keeping up with a stellar rookie season or just continuing to falter at every turn, the second year NHL players are showing for the most part that the aforementioned term is a myth.

Some sophomores are exceeding expectations and leading their teams; others are playing key character roles that make their team complete.

The 2010 crop of rookies saw plenty of guys come through and make an impact, whether it was the young guns in Edmonton, the man Boston got for Phil Kessel or some solid goaltender, it was one of the better seasons for first years in a while.

This year, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is running away with the Calder Trophy, there are second-year players getting it done as well.

Here are the 10 best sophomore players in the NHL.

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