On Saturday night, against the Edmonton Oilers, Kaapo Kakko registered his first NHL point, which also happened to be his first NHL goal! Kakko skated into the offensive zone on the right side of the ice. After cutting to the middle of the ice, he dropped the puck off to his teammate streaking in next to him. Upon giving the puck up, Kakko sneakily cut to the net past his defenseman. He received a pass on his backhand and made a nifty backhand-forehand-backhand move to roof it over the goalies catching glove!
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!
Back in early April, the NHL hosted the highly anticipated 2019 NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto, Canada. With one of the deeper drafts we have seen in recent years, all eyes were on which team would land either the number one or number two spot. Why? Simple answer, Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko. These two players are by far the two top prospects in the NHL Draft coming up on Friday, June 21st in Vancouver, Canada. The New Jersey Devils ended up winning the draft lottery and securing the number one pick, with the New York Rangers getting the second pick.
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