by PuckStopsHere on 11/24/13 at 01:46 AM ET
Over a month ago I picked Tomas Hertl of the San Jose Sharks as the rookie of the year leader. He remains the top scoring rookie so far this year but he hasn't been the top rookie so far this year. Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins has taken the lead. He is a defenceman tied for second in rookie scoring with 14 points. He is the top scoring defenceman on a solid Boston Bruins team. He is still developing his defensive game and has seen little action on the penalty kill but his offence has been strong. He has been the most valuable rookie so far this season.
Krug first made an NHL mark during the 2013 playoffs. He was a significant contributor to the Boston Bruins playoff run. He is an undrafted 22 year old who was signed out of Michigan State University. He has potential to develop into a power play quarterback but may be limited by his smaller size (5'9" 181 pounds). So far he has been the best of a rookie group. It is early to make such a pick. There will be a lot of time for other rookies to become comfortable in their NHL roles. Krug has a head start from last year's playoff run. I don't know if he will remain the top rookie at season's end, but he is the top rookie at this point in the season.
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