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:
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)
JEREMY SWAYMAN, BOS
Alex Nedeljkovic, DET
Kaapo Kahkonen, MIN
Spencer Knight, FLA
MORITZ SEIDER, DET
ALEXANDRE CARRIER, NSH
Jamie Drysdale, ANA
Sean Durzi, LAK
Timothy Liljegren, TOR
Martin Fehervary, WSH
Bowen Byram, COL
Mattias Samuelsson, BUF
TREVOR ZEGRAS, ANA
MICHAEL BUNTING, TOR
LUCAS RAYMOND, DET
Anton Lundell, FLA
Tanner Jeannot, NSH
Cole Caufield, MTL
Matt Boldy, MIN
Seth Jarvis, CAR
Dawson Mercer, NJD