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Who has been the best NHL rookie this season?
Thu, November 13, 2008

You're probably not alone if you haven't realized that Derick Brassard and Kris Versteeg are the top rookie scorers in the NHL early in the season.

Steven Stamkos and Kyle Turris received most of the pre-season hype, but this year's rookie class has so far produced a few surprises.

Who has been the best rookie in the league so far this season? Which players have you been disappointed with? Have your say in our forum.



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No doubt - Drew Doughty. Over 25 minutes a game, and a better +/- than the other comparable rookie d-men. Both Doughty and Schenn have done well as 18/19 year olds, but Doughty is looking like the next Bourque, and Schenn merely the next Chelios.
tc-77, 2009-03-01 18:11:07

Brassard and Voracek are doing well in Columbus.

It would be nice if Toronto could pry one of them away from Columbus for Kaberle.

Columbus is in a pickle. They have never made the playoffs and might make a trade like this to get into the playoffs.

Brassard would likely be untouchable though, but I can see Voracek possibly being traded.

Kaberle for Voracek and a first.
gordholio, 2008-12-30 17:52:50

Beats me how people can already assess a young player as "overrated" when he's only played about 20 games!
gordholio, 2008-12-22 06:21:14

Stu, i don,t think you read the question, or are you from ottawa.

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angus peddle, 2008-11-26 18:51:13

Schenn has been merely ordinary. If his every action wasn't magnified to death by the sheep in the Toronto media we wouldn't even know he was still in the NHL.

The only thing I've seen him do better than any other rookie so far is stick up for team-mates and end up getting his face punched in.

For the record, being used as a punching bag has never gotten anyone a Calder Trophy.
stu, 2008-11-21 19:54:12

Drew Doughty. I laugh at how the media here has hardly mentioned this guy's name since the Kings drafted him.

Luke Schenn is being unfairly overrated by Leaf fans and media, making him into something he's clearly not (he's an ideal third or fourth defenceman, but not the saviour everyone thinks he is). Doughty has put up better numbers despite playing in a tougher conference (check the stats if you don't believe me).

It seems to be the mission of the Toronto media and Leaf nation to overrate young defencemen and then villify them when they cash in with big money deals (see Kaberle, McCabe and others). Well, please don't do the same to Schenn.
Ben TO, 2008-11-20 13:16:14

Brassard is the real deal. Stop droning on about Schenn and Grabovski you silly Leafs sheep. They've played great so far, playoff-like intensity. Just remember, an NHL season isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. Can they keep up their pace for another 60-something games? Laughable, much like your playoff aspirations.
Norbit, 2008-11-20 02:20:57

Jesse Winchester has been good.
Mike, 2008-11-17 21:35:59

Luke Schenn.
Mike, 2008-11-14 10:21:20

There's a rising star in Pittsburgh and it's not Malkin or Crosby. It's defenceman Alex Goligoski, who leads all rookie D-men with 7 pts (3 G, 4 A) and scored the SO winner last night against Philly. He's filled a big hole for Pens with Gonchar and Whitney out for most of the season.
Russ, 2008-11-14 09:18:59

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