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Top Rookie So Far

There is a good group of rookies this season.  Six of them (Patrick Laine, Mitch Marner,Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Jimmy Vesey and Zach Werenski) have 10 or more points and two more are one point back at 9 (Travis Konecny and Brady Skrej).  That makes eight of the top 90 scorers in the NHL rookies.  I except that some of these rookies will fade as we get into the season and things get tougher for them as opposing teams learn how to shut them down.

Less than a week ago I picked Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets as the top rookie so far.  As the top playing defenceman in Columbus he is definitely in the Calde Trophy race but he no longer leads the way.  Patrick Laine of the Winnipeg Jets is the current leader.  His 11 goals lead the league by two goals.  He is ninth overall in league scoring with 15 points. 

Laine was the second overall pick in 2016.  He outplayed first overall pick Auston Matthews in the World Junior Championships and again in the World Hockey Championships, thus an argument could be made that Laine was the better player last year.  Matthews is stronger than Laine and had been listed as the probable top pick all season before Laine entered the conversation.  It will be interesting to watch to see which of the two has the better career. 

At this point we are very early in Laine's NHL career.  He is looking good so far as the top goal scorer in the NHL and also as the top rookie.  It will be interesting to see how things look in a few months or a few years.  Will Laine look like a better pick than Matthews then?

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ilovehomers's avatar

Who is going to be the top rookie tomorrow?

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/10/16 at 09:22 AM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

Stay tuned to find out. 

Isn’t it exciting that there are so many rookies off to good starts this year?

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 11/10/16 at 10:32 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Stay tuned? Does that mean we’ll get a daily update? Every 4 days is not enough. Every time a rookie has a good night, they should automatically be named the Calder favourite.

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/10/16 at 11:54 AM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

You will get an update every time I think the leader in the race changes.  You have been around here long enough that you should have figured that out by now.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 11/10/16 at 12:00 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Stay tuned? Does that mean we’ll get a daily update? Every 4 days is not enough. Every time a rookie has a good night, they should automatically be named the Calder favourite.

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/10/16 at 11:54 AM ET


I think you are correct and with all the “Best _____” Like I said in the Lady Byng, maybe every 20 or so games.  Columbus scores 18 Goals in 2 games,  sort of messes stats up with a small sample.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 11/13/16 at 11:01 PM ET

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