From 22 to 25 games have been played so far this season and the TOP 5 NHL rookie list is far from being what we expected. First overall pick in 2015, Connor McDavid has missed 11 games with the Edmonton Oilers due to broken clavicle and falls off that list at 8th place with 12 points in 13 games.
#1 – Artemi Panarin – Chicago Blackhawks
24 years old Russian sensation “breadman” is leading the way with 7 goals, 16 assists and +4 in 24 games played with the hawks. From the beginning of this season, Panarin have played with Patrick Kane, current #1 NHL player with 37 points. With his 62 points in 54 games in the KHL in 2014, Artemi is getting used to the #1 line and #1 power play play time.
#2 – Max Domi – Arizona Coyotes
Tie Domi’s son has already more points than his dad’s whole career. With 20 points in 23 games played, Max is running a very strong 3rd line with #5 Anthony Duclair and has already made it to the #2 power play.
#3 – Dylan Larkin – Detroit Red Wings
19 years old #15 overall pick in 2014 is now playing with Detroit’s #1 center. Henrik Zetterberg and with Justin Abdelkader. With 18 points in 24 games played, Larkin is leading the rookies with +14 and #3 with total shots (64).
#4 – Oscar Lindberg – New York Rangers
Drafted 57th in 2010, 24 years old swede center Oscar Lindberg is now playing his first NHL season with the New York Rangers. 3rd line and #2 power play play line, Oscar have accumulated 15 points in 24 games played.
#5 – Anthony Duclair – Arizona Coyotes
20 years old #80 overall pick in 2013 for the New York Rangers, Anthony Duclair has finally found his home on the 3rd line of the Arizona Coyotes. With 14 points in 23 games played and teaming with #2 Max Domi are greatly helping him become who he should become. Duclair was part of a trade that sent Keith Yandle to the Rangers in march 2015.