Rookie Report

Rookie Report: 'Boom Boom' Blake

Rookie Report: 'Boom Boom' Blake

by Ryan Kennedy - March 23, 2011 3:00 PM EDT

In our ongoing look at some of the best recent rookie performances, Nashville's Blake Geoffrion is the latest from his family to appear in the NHL.
The race for the Calder Trophy is nearly complete and the only real question is who will nab the third nomination? Carolina’s Jeff Skinner and San Jose’s Logan Couture appear to be locks, but some interesting names creep up after.


Rookie Report: The buzz in Beantown

Rookie Report: The buzz in Beantown

by Ryan Kennedy - February 23, 2011 1:00 PM EST

From Brad Marchand to Corey Crawford and beyond we look at some impressive rookie performances in the NHL.
One early Calder candidate has already been traded, while several other rookies are making great second-half pushes for the award as well. Will they run out of games in which to prove themselves, or will recent performances stick in the heads of voters when the time comes? One thing is for certain – these kids have raised their games as they’ve gotten more comfortable.


Rookie Report: Couture's scoring crucial for Sharks

Rookie Report: Couture's scoring crucial for Sharks

by Rory Boylen - February 9, 2011 2:35 PM EST

Taking a look at the league's best rookies, Logan Couture tops this week's list with four goals in his past five games.
With two more goals Tuesday night, Carolina’s Jeff Skinner continues to tear up the NHL at 18 years old, but while he’s leading the Calder race, he’s far from the only freshman making waves.


Rookie Report: Skinner gets all-star call

Rookie Report: Skinner gets all-star call

by Ryan Kennedy - January 26, 2011 3:25 PM EST

Jeff Skinner is the headline-grabbing freshman so far this season, but there have been some other strong recent performances.
The NHL All-Star Game will host a slew of rookies this year, who will take part in the skills competition. But based on injuries to several veteran stars, a spot in Sunday’s showdown was opened up for one of those deserving freshmen.


Rookie Report: Omark shows flash

Rookie Report: Omark shows flash

by Ryan Kennedy - December 15, 2010 1:00 PM EST

Linus Omark's shootout-winner against Tampa Bay caused a stir. We look at his performance so far, as well as other rookies.
At 28, Colorado’s Greg Mauldin isn’t eligible for the Calder Trophy and when the Avs get their full complement back, he’s likely destined for the minors again.


Rookie Report: Shattenkirk piling up points

Rookie Report: Shattenkirk piling up points

by Ryan Kennedy - December 1, 2010 2:10 PM EST

Looking at some noteworthy and under-the-radar freshmen performances, Kevin Shattenkirk has exploded onto the scene.
With the World Junior Championship less than a month away, chatter has already started in regards to who will and will not be in Buffalo for the annual classic.


Rookie Report: Kadri gets the call from Toronto

Rookie Report: Kadri gets the call from Toronto

by Ryan Kennedy - November 17, 2010 3:40 PM EST

Looking at some of the best rookie performers and a few call-ups, Toronto's Nazem Kadri got off to his much-anticipated start.
While the meeting between the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils last week was no clash of the titans by any means, the game did feature an extraordinary amount of rookies – eight of them to be exact, many of whom contributed offensively in an eventual 4-3 New Jersey overtime win.


Rookie Report: Hall picks up the pace

Rookie Report: Hall picks up the pace

by Ryan Kennedy - November 3, 2010 11:45 AM EDT

It took him eight games before he got his second NHL point, but Taylor Hall now seems to be locked in.
With the magical 10-game mark passed by most rookies, the night sweats have ended for those who will stay in The Show instead of returning to junior hockey.


Rookie Report: Lindback leads Nashville

Rookie Report: Lindback leads Nashville

by Ryan Kennedy - October 20, 2010 12:00 PM EDT

With an eye towards the top first-year performers, we look at Nashville's newest goaltender, plus nine other freshmen.
It’s been customary in the past few seasons to see the Calder Trophy go to a player who wasn’t necessarily expected to challenge for the award when the year began.


Rookie Report: Stepan starts strong

Rookie Report: Stepan starts strong

by Ryan Kennedy - October 13, 2010 12:45 PM EDT

In the first entry of our new feature, we track the best rookie performances, from Derek Stepan to Sergei Bobrovsky and beyond.
Welcome to a new feature on THN.com where we track the best freshmen performances in the NHL. Some players will be noted because of their debuts, others for Calder-worthy accomplishments, but all will be rookies trying to make noise in the best league in the world.


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