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04-03-2012, 09:22 AM
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Who has been the best Rangers Rookie?

Who has been the best Rangers Rookie?

With Only evaluation their rookie seasons and nothing afterwards who has had the best rookie season?

Carl Hagelin, 6th round pick #168 overall:
61gp 14g 24a 38pts +22 ....and 3 games remaining.

As one of the NHL's fastest skaters, confirmed at the ALL-Star skills competition, He quickly rose from an AHL tryout to spending most of the season on the Rangers top line. He's solid in both ends and his speeeeeeed kills.

Derek Stepan, 2nd round pick #51 overall
82gp 21g 24a 45pts +8

He burst onto the scene with an impressive camp and a hattrick in his first game. His never quit attitude and playing bigger then anyone expected when he was drafted, He helped ease the Rangers need for a #1 center and easily became an instant top6 forward, playing both center and wing.

Michael Del Zotto, 1st round pick #20 overall
80gp 9g 28a 37pts -20

Oozing with confidence and coming off his 2nd stellar training camp, he forced management to keep him with his solid play through his first 10 games. Often rushing the puck up the ice and adding an offensive defenseman to the PP point, many of us were in awe as the heir apparent to the throne of Brian Leetch seemed to have, finally, arrived.

**Honorable mentions to McDonagh, Staal, and Sauer who all had solid rookie campaigns but none as stellar or impacting as the above three.**

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