What a season it was for NHL rookies throughout the league, with most of the spotlight and hype surrounding the first and second overall draft picks, Jack Hughes of the Devils and Kaapo Kakko of the Rangers. Both started to come into their own and show highlights of elite-level skill while both playing for underperforming teams.
With most of the summer showcase tournaments out of the way, we can now get a better look at some exciting rookies to look forward to watching during this upcoming NHL season! It’s no secret that the past two draft classes have not had a shortage of talent, with guys getting drafted and almost immediately jumping into a starting role on an NHL roster. According to the NHL rulebook, to be considered a rookie, “a player must not have played in more than 25 NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie.” What this means is that if a player was drafted during the 2018 Draft and played in less than 25 games during that season, he would then still be considered a rookie for the following season. Let’s take a look at some NHL Rookies that we are excited to watch during the 2019-2020 season!
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