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TAMPA, Fla. (June 21, 2022) – The National Hockey League announced today the 2021-22 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: defenseman Moritz Seider of the Detroit Red Wings as well as forwards Michael Bunting of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks.

Also named to the 2021-22 NHL All-Rookie Team are goaltender Jeremy Swayman of the Boston Bruins, defenseman Alexandre Carrier of the Nashville Predators and forward Lucas Raymond of the Red Wings.

Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the conclusion of the regular season. Following is a summary of each NHL All-Rookie Team member’s outstanding campaign:

 

GOALTENDER

 

Jeremy Swayman, Boston Bruins

Swayman, a fourth-round pick (111th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, led rookie netminders (minimum: 25 GP) in wins (23), goals-against average (2.41) and save percentage (.914) across 41 appearances. He recorded a 10-game point streak from Feb. 12 – March 12 (9-0-1, 1.57 GAA, .944 SV%, 2 SO), capped by eight straight victories – second only to Ross Brooks (12 GP in 1973-74) for the longest winning streak by a rookie goaltender in franchise history. Swayman yielded two or fewer goals in 24 of his 41 total outings (58.5%), highlighted by a trio of shutouts: Dec. 2 at NSH (42 SV), Feb. 12 at OTT (30 SV) and Feb. 28 at LAK (34 SV). He is the Bruins’ first All-Rookie Team selection since defenseman Charlie McAvoy in 2017-18 and the first Boston goaltender to make the squad since Andrew Raycroft in 2003-04.

 

DEFENSEMEN (in alphabetical order)

 

Alexandre Carrier, Nashville Predators

Carrier, another fourth-round pick in the NHL Draft (115th overall in 2015), ranked third among rookie defensemen with 27 assists and 30 points in 77 contests (3-27—30), both franchise records for a rookie blueliner. He led the Predators and finished third among all rookies (forwards and defensemen) with a +26 rating, a team record for any rookie skater. Carrier also placed third among all rookies in blocked shots (t-124) and average time on ice (20:59), with the former setting a Nashville record for a rookie defenseman and the latter ranking second only to Dan Hamhuis in 2003-04 (22:08). Carrier is the third player (and first defenseman) in Predators history to make the All-Rookie Team, following goaltender Juuse Saros in 2017-18 and forward Filip Forsberg in 2014-15.

 

Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings

Seider – a unanimous selection – paced rookie defensemen with 7-43—50, a point total surpassed by only two rookie blueliners over the last 30 years (Quinn Hughes: 8-45—53 in 2019-20 w/ VAN; Vladimir Malakhov: 14‑38—52 in 1992-93 w/ NYI) and just two rookie defensemen in Detroit history (Reed Larson: 19‑41—60 in 1977-78; Nicklas Lidstrom: 11-49—60 in 1991-92). Seider, the sixth overall pick from the 2019 NHL Draft, led all 2021-22 rookies (forwards and defensemen) in assists (43), power-play assists (19) and power-play points (21), while ranking among the top five in shots on goal (3rd; 187), points (4th; 50) and game-winning goals (t-5th; 4). He played in each of the Red Wings’ 82 contests to also lead all rookies in total time on ice (1,889:22) and minutes per game (23:02) – franchise rookie records in both categories (which have been tracked since 1997-98).

 

FORWARDS (in alphabetical order)

 

Michael Bunting, Toronto Maple Leafs

Bunting led all rookies with 23-40—63 in 79 games to help power a Maple Leafs offense that ranked second in the NHL with 315 goals – the team’s most in a season since 1989-90 (337). Bunting, who recorded the third-most points in a season by a Toronto rookie behind only Auston Matthews (40‑29—69 in 2016-17) and Peter Ihnacak (28-38—66 in 1982-83), found the scoresheet in 44 of his 79 appearances (55.7%) to also place among the top 2021-22 rookies in assists (2nd; 40), plus/minus (2nd; +27), goals (t-2nd; 23), shots on goal (6th; 175) and shooting percentage (6th; 13.1%). The 2014 fourth-round pick (117th overall by ARI), who signed with the Maple Leafs last July, is Toronto’s first All-Rookie Team representative since his linemates – Matthews and Mitchell Marner – both earned the honor in 2016-17.

 

Lucas Raymond, Detroit Red Wings

Raymond placed among the rookie leaders in goals (t-2nd; 23), points (3rd; 57), assists (4th; 34), shots on goal (4th; 184) and shooting percentage (8th; 12.5%) while playing in all of Detroit’s 82 games. The fourth overall pick from the 2020 NHL Draft, who paced rookie forwards in both average (18:09) and total (1,488:52) time on ice, also finished among the leading rookies (forwards and defensemen) on the man-advantage, ranking among the top three in power-play points (2nd; 18), assists (t-2nd; 13) and goals (t-3rd; 5). Raymond and Seider are Detroit’s first All-Rookie Team representatives since goaltender Jimmy Howard in 2009-10. This marks the second time two Red Wings players have been selected to the All-Rookie Team, following defensemen Vladimir Konstantinov and Nicklas Lidstrom in 1991-92.

 

Trevor Zegras, Anaheim Ducks

Zegras, who dazzled the hockey world with highlight-reel assists and goals, finished second among rookies with 23-38—61 in 75 games – single-season franchise records for assists and points by a rookie, ahead of Cam Fowler (30 in 2010-11) and Bobby Ryan (57 in 2008-09), respectively. The ninth overall pick from the 2019 NHL Draft, Zegras topped NHL freshmen with 19 multi-point outings en route to placing among the rookie leaders in power-play goals (1st; 9), game-winning goals (t-1st; 5), goals (t-2nd; 23), assists (3rd; 38), power-play points (3rd; 17), shots on goal (5th; 181), power-play assists (t-6th; 8) and shooting percentage (7th; 12.7%). Zegras is the Ducks’ first All-Rookie Team selection since goaltender John Gibson in 2015-16 and the third Anaheim forward to earn the honor, joining Ryan (2008-09) and Paul Kariya (1994-95).

 

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2021-22 NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM VOTING

(1 point per vote)

 

 

Goaltenders

Points

1.

JEREMY SWAYMAN, BOS

190

2.

Alex Nedeljkovic, DET

3

3.

Kaapo Kahkonen, MIN

2

4.

Spencer Knight, FLA

1

 

 

Defensemen

Points

1.

MORITZ SEIDER, DET

196

2.

ALEXANDRE CARRIER, NSH

95

3.

Jamie Drysdale, ANA

46

4.

Sean Durzi, LAK

25

5.

Timothy Liljegren, TOR

24

6.

Martin Fehervary, WSH

4

t-7.

Bowen Byram, COL

1

 

Mattias Samuelsson, BUF

1

 

 

Forwards

Points

1.

TREVOR ZEGRAS, ANA

191

2.

MICHAEL BUNTING, TOR

171

3.

LUCAS RAYMOND, DET

134

4.

Anton Lundell, FLA

48

5.

Tanner Jeannot, NSH

24

6.

Cole Caufield, MTL

9

7.

Matt Boldy, MIN

8

8.

Seth Jarvis, CAR

2

9.

Dawson Mercer, NJD

1

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