In the February 16 edition of The Hockey News, it’s our annual Rookie Issue, looking at the best freshman from around the NHL.
In the February 16 edition of The Hockey News, it’s our annual Rookie Issue, looking at the best freshman from around the NHL. Features include… Johnny Gaudreau – Pint-sized ‘Johnny Hockey’ has set Calgary ablaze, defying detractors as a rookie with speed, skill and swagger Filip Forsberg – The Preds’ newest star takes a little bit of Sweden with him to Music City Jake Allen – Still Calder eligible? Teammates with Martin Brodeur? Somebody pinch him Jonathan Drouin – Tampa decided to put its prized prospect back in the oven. Now he’s a year late to the NHL but baked to perfection Boy Wonders On ‘D’ – Aaron Ekblad’s historic season at 18 raises the question: is he an anomaly or the blueprint for 21st century blueliners? Scott Hartnell’s Letter To Myself – The Blue Jackets veteran writes to his rookie self, passing on the tough lessons he’s learned in the NHL to date All-Time All-Rookie Team – One starting lineup of the best freshmen ever includes a mixture of slam-dunks and historic revelations Jason Kay explains why the NHL’s rookie of the year award is tough to win, but building on that brilliance is even more daunting Adam Proteau teams up with L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter to improve the NHL’s All-Star Game Ken Campbell looks at one minor pro journeyman who lasted 16 seasons in eight leagues for 22 teams by playing with the passion of a rookie Predictably, a handful of teams bulk up to take a shot at the Memorial Cup. It’s part of the major junior cycle, says Ryan Kennedy We look back at the world juniors with features on Canada’s Curtis Lazar, Slovakia’s Martin Reway and the top two prospects for the 2016 NHL draft: Auston Matthews and Jesse Puljujarvi The NHL’s only age 30-plus Calder winner, Sergei Makarov, had a Hall of Fame career before even coming to the NHL, but don’t expect him to talk much about it And Stan Fischler’s gives a first-hand account of the world’s first (and last) table hockey championship
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