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Ten NHL rookies to watch in 2010

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing editor

The NHL kicked off its season last week. There have already been a handful of hockey products to hit the market, but there are still many sets for collectors to put their hands on.

As I went through hockey rosters, I’ve put together a list of 10 rookies to look for 2010. Most of these players do not have official Rookie Cards yet, but can be found in prospects sets such as 2009-10 In the Game.

Tyler Seguin, C, Boston – He’s just 18. The second overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He’s already in the NHL. Seguin scored a goal in just his second career game, but there should be plenty more. He had 48 goals in 63 games with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League last season.

Jordan Eberle, R, Edmonton – Eberle’s first goal in an Edmonton uniform came short-handed in a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames, Eberle has a goal and an assist this season to lead an impressive group of rookies on the Oilers with Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi.

Taylor Hall, L, Edmonton – Hall was this year’s top overall pick. He had 40 goals in 57 games with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, but really shined in the World Junior Hockey Championships. He scored six goals in six games for Canada.

Tyler Ennis, L, Buffalo – The Sabres’ first-round pick in 2008 hasn’t yet to disappoint. Ennis has been I the right place at the right time and has four assists in just three games.

P.K. Subban, D, Montreal – The offensive-minded defender has two assists in two games this season for Montreal, but many really took notice when he was an emergency replacement during last year’s playoffs. In 14 games, he had seven assists and a goal with six penalty minutes. He has over 50 cards, but his first – and currently only – RC is in 2010-11 Upper Deck Victory.

Derek Stepan, C, New York Rangers – The 20-year-old from Minnesota had an impressive debut. He scored three goals against the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 9, which got many hockey fans and collectors to take notice.

Magnus Paajarvi, L, Edmonton – Paarjarvi is another first-round pick (2009) who made his NHL debut this season with Edmonton. Paarjarvi is off to a slow start, but the Oilers know what he can do. He’s more of a playmaker, letting others grab the spotlight than a goal scorer. But he will definitely rack up assists and goals this season.

John Carlson, D, Washington – Even though he’s a blue liner, Carlson has what it takes to create trouble on the ice on both ends. Just three games into the season, he already has four points with a goal and three assists. But the number that sticks out – 14 penalty minutes, which is second among rookies.

Bryan Bickell, L, Chicago – The 24-year-old is still considered a rookie though he has spent time in the NHL before. He is making the most of this season with Chicago with a two goals and an assist in three games.

Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Philadelphia – Bobrovsky surprised many in Flyers pre-season camp with his outstanding play and earned the start the Flyers season opener. He’s 2-0 this season with a .931 save percentage. He allowed two goals in both of his starts.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

4 Comments

Zach

10 of John Carlson’s 14 penalty came from a misconduct penalty while he was sticking up for the smallest guy on the caps. The player who he went after (PL3 or whatever his lame nickname is) received a 2 game suspension. Carlson has only 2 minor penalties.

Posted October 14, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink
jason n

I am sorry to state the obvious, but this list is weak. These are all painfully obvious prospects that everyone knows about. Because this is about trading cards and collecting, where are all the Diamonds-in-the rough? The other prospects that the average fans and collectors haven’t focused on yet, but the average rink-rat prospect specialist has? Heck, even if it wasn’t about trading cards I would expect any writer that enjoys their job to at least try to do some research. I will try to check back in a year or two and see if anything has changed.

Posted October 15, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink
Susan Lulgjuraj

Jason,

This isn’t a definitive list of rookies. I think the list includes some of the obvious, but also one or two other guys.

What rookies are you watching this year? Anyone stick out to you so far that you didn’t expect?

Posted October 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink
LivingDedMan

Eberle, Hall, and Seguin will be the big rookie card hits this year.

Posted October 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

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