At The Break: Best Rookie Classes In the NHL

As we head to the All-Star Break, it’s a good time to look around the NHL and take stock of how teams are performing.

Since lots of folks continue to carry the “Quenneville hates kids” narrative (three years past its expiration date), now is a good time to look at how Chicago’s rookies have influenced the 2016-17 season.

There’s no denying that Toronto has the best group of rookies in the NHL. Led by the #1 overall pick in last summer’s draft, the Leafs are starting to remind some people of the Blackhawks ten years ago. It’s crazy to consider that only 15 rookies have put at least 20 points up this season – and six of them play in Toronto.

But after Toronto, which team has the best group of rookies this season?

Toronto
Auston Matthews – 46 games, 23 goals, 16 assists, 39 points
Mitchell Marner – 46 games, 11 goals, 28 assists, 39 points
William Nylander – 45 games, 9 goals, 21 assists, 30 points
Connor Brown – 46 games, 11 goals, 10 assists, 21 points
Zach Hyman – 46 games, 7 goals, 14 assists, 21 points
Nikita Zaitsev – 46 games, 1 goal, 19 assists, 20 points
Nikita Sochnikov (5 points in 36 games) and Frederik Gauthier (3 points in 16 games) are also rookies in Toronto

Winnipeg
Patrik Laine – 43 games, 21 goals, 17 assists, 38 points
Josh Morrissey – 51 games, 2 goals, 9 assists, 11 points
Brandon Tanev (4 points in 37 games), Kyle Connor (4 points in 19 games) and Julian Melchiori (0 points in 4 games) have also contributed in Winnipeg.

Chicago
Ryan Hartman – 45 games, 10 goals, 10 assists, 20 points
Vinnie Hinostroza – 41 games, 6 goals, 7 assists, 13 points
Tanner Kero – 15 games, 3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points
Nick Schmaltz – 31 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points
Tyler Motte* – 33 games, 4 goals, 3 assists, 7 points
Gustav Forsling* – 32 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points
* – currently in Rockford

NY Rangers
Brady Skjei – 48 games, 2 goals, 18 assists, 20 points
Jimmy Vesey – 48 games, 11 goals, 8 assists, 19 points
Pavel Buchnevich – 17 games, 6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points
Marek Hrivik (2 points in 16 games), Nicklas Jensen (7 games) and Cristoval Nieves (1 game) have also appeared for the Rangers

Philadelphia
Ivan Provorov – 49 games, 4 goals, 18 assists, 22 points
Travis Konecny – 48 games, 7 goals, 14 assists, 21 points
Roman Lyubimov – 35 games, 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points
Taylor Leier (2 points in 10 games) has also appeared for Philly.

One thought on “At The Break: Best Rookie Classes In the NHL

  1. Illinois Youth Hockey producing NHL players is always a welcome site. Nothing like cheering for homegrown players!

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