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The All-Rookie All-Star Team

01/31/2022 at 8:40am EST

from Mike G. Morreala of NHL.com,

This week, to celebrate the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend beginning Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NHL.com presents the All-Rookie All-Star Team:


Alex Nedeljkovic, Detroit Red Wings: He leads rookie goalies this season in wins (12), starts (29), shots against (977) and saves (889). He ranks third among rookies having played at least 10 games with a .910 save percentage and fourth with a 2.97 goals-against average, and one of three rookies with one shutout (Karel Vejmelka, Arizona Coyotes; Jeremy Swayman, Boston Bruins). The 26-year-old (6-foot, 203 pounds) was acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 22 for goalie Jonathan Bernier, who signed with the New Jersey Devils as an unrestricted free agent, and a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft (defenseman Aidan Hreschuk).


Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings: The 20-year-old, selected with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, leads rookie defensemen in assists (25), points (29), power-play points (12), shots on goal (91), takeaways (22) and average ice time (22:35) in 45 games. He leads all rookies with 80 blocked shots and is tied for ninth with Chicago Blackhawks forward Reese Johnson in hits (64). Seider (6-4, 197) finished second in midseason voting from NHL.com writers for the Calder Trophy given to the NHL rookie of the year, receiving 62 voting points and seven of a possible 16 first-place votes.


Lucas Raymond, Red Wings: The No. 4 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft was third in NHL.com voting for the Calder Trophy with 59 points, including two first-place votes. He leads NHL rookies with 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists) and his 25 even-strength points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 45 games are tied with Zegras for first. Raymond (5-11, 182) reached 20 assists in 36 games to pass Steve Yzerman (39 games) for fewest by a teenage player in Red Wings history. He leads rookie forwards in average ice time (18:04) and is sixth in takeaways (16).

"He plays with a confidence and a swagger that he can get the job done and perform at a high level," Nedeljkovic said. "It's hard to get to a point where it doesn't matter what happened that day or the day before, and you feel good and the confidence in yourself to know you're going to get the job done. He stood out from the get-go and separated himself in training camp and kind of showed that he's here to stay. That's what you want to see in a guy."

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