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03-07-2006, 01:29 AM
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History In The Making...Year of the Rooks

Does anyone else think that we're witnessing something pretty special with this year's rookies? Ovechkin's 2 tonight gave him 41 total, and he's the first rookie since 1992-1993 (Lindros, Selanne) to break 40.

Svatos sits at 32, almost certain to break 40. Crosby needs 12 more, which is somewhat likely to happen. Then there's the clearly 'paved-for-superstardom' rookies of the class, like Thomas Vanek, Petr Prucha, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Zach Parise, etc.

On top of that, we've got Phaneuf (future Norris) having a Calderesque year in Calgary. Not to mention the emergence of guys like Andrej Meszaros, Keith Ballard, Milan Jurcina, Brent Seabrook, and Fedor Tyutin.

Last, and...well...definitely, clearly, OBVIOUSLY not least, the goaltenders!

Lundqvist, Miller, Cam Ward, Antero Niittymaki, MAF, and Kari Lehtonen.

This could very well go down in history as one of, if not THE best rookie class in NHL history to date.

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That lockout was good for something after all... y'know, aside from fixing the problems with the old CBA and everything...

but yeah, NHL fans are getting quite a show from the kids night in and out... I think they'll be talking about this seasons crop for years to come...

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Does anyone else think that we're witnessing something pretty special with this year's rookies? Ovechkin's 2 tonight gave him 41 total, and he's the first rookie since 1992-1993 (Lindros, Selanne) to break 40.

Svatos sits at 32, almost certain to break 40. Crosby needs 12 more, which is somewhat likely to happen. Then there's the clearly 'paved-for-superstardom' rookies of the class, like Thomas Vanek, Petr Prucha, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Zach Parise, etc.

On top of that, we've got Phaneuf (future Norris) having a Calderesque year in Calgary. Not to mention the emergence of guys like Andrej Meszaros, Keith Ballard, Milan Jurcina, Brent Seabrook, and Fedor Tyutin.

Last, and...well...definitely, clearly, OBVIOUSLY not least, the goaltenders!

Lundqvist, Miller, Cam Ward, Antero Niittymaki, MAF, and Kari Lehtonen.

This could very well go down in history as one of, if not THE best rookie class in NHL history to date.

Thoughts?
not to mention Toivonen, Boyes and Jussi Jokinen all having great years...

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It's a simple product of having two years worth of rookies entering the league in the same year.

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You forgot Pominville.

Edit: The Banana's not dancing. Wah wah wah.

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Does anyone else think that we're witnessing something pretty special with this year's rookies?
You're not the only one who thinks so.

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As I've said here before, I believe that Phaneuf, Lundqvist, Crosby, Ovechkin and Marek Svatos should all be invited to Toronto for the awards ceremony. link

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slightly OT,


does anyone know the last time the Sabres had two 20 goal rookies?

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does anyone know the last time the Sabres had two 20 goal rookies?
The Sabres first season -- Bert and Steve Atkinson.

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It's a simple product of having two years worth of rookies entering the league in the same year.
Totally. But it's still special, nonetheless.

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It's a simple product of having two years worth of rookies entering the league in the same year.
I think its more than just that.The rule changes are obviously one reason but I think a bigger one is the AHL and other leagues. Many young players last year got to play in a "super" AHL last year. With many top young players in the AHL the competition was incredible.

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I think its more than just that.The rule changes are obviously one reason but I think a bigger one is the AHL and other leagues. Many young players last year got to play in a "super" AHL last year. With many top young players in the AHL the competition was incredible.
Yep.

So basically the LOCKOUT is the cause of this SPECIAL season of rookies we are witnessing. Who would have thought when Mr. Bettman was at the podium that day in 2004 to announce that the season was canceled that something this good would come out of it?
Not me.

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