NHL Rookies Making An Early Statement So Far In 2017/18

With a quarter of the NHL season over there are several rookies turning some heads around the league. Different players bring something to the table each night. Some players bring a physical presence, others bring blazing speed which separates hockey from the other sports In this post we’ll examine several rookies who are out to make a name for themselves.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In Boston, the struggling Bruins have two bright spots thus far this season. Boston University product Charlie Mc Avoy has come as advertised. At 20 years old he plays like a veteran finishing off his checks, and moves the puck very well. Teammates are amazed at his maturity and self_ confidence. Teammate Anders Bjork has been one of the teams scoring leaders so far with six points. Bjork the former Notre Dame product is also one of the fastest players on the team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Defenseman Clayton Keller of Arizona has been one of the most exciting players in the league thus far. After fifteen games Keller accounts for 1/3 of the Coyotes offense with six goals. If he stays healthy and keeps the same pace up he could finish the season with 30 plus goals and in line for NHL rookie of the year. Despite a struggling Coyote team,  Keller gives Arizona a ray of hope.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Columbus defenseman Sonny Milano has Blue Jacket fans raving about his moves. His five goals make one him of the most potent scorers for the Blue Jackets. If there is one flaw Milano has it’s his cockiness and immaturity. Head coach John Tortorella cut back on Milanos minutes due to his cocky behavior. Hockey fans know from experience that Tortorella doesn’t tolerate such behavior. Tortorella instead likes a player with character and leadership.   This is one of the growing pains being a rookie.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Goaltender Malcolm Subban of Las Vegas has made a considerable impression after filling in for injured goalie Marc Andre Fleury. Subban the ex _Bruin_ castoff has started the last five games for the Golden Knights and has kept the Knights competitive.Subban has more playing time in two weeks than he did in his four years up and down with the Bruins.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Other notables that deserve recognition are Devils defenseman  Will Butcher and Teammate   Jasper Bratt. Out of all of the NHL’s rookies, Butcher is the top scorer but has gone pointless in his last two games. Bratt, on the other hand, is a 19 _year old Swede who has been very effective on the penalty kill.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Surviving in the NHL takes dedication and character. Whether these rookies turn out to be Sydney Crosby or Brad Marchand only time will tell. If they can all stay fairly healthy and productive then following their career should be a lot of fun.

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