Who is Rookie of the Year so far this season?

Posted by Richard Pollock in General NHL on November 5, 2009 — 4 Comments

This week for the Puck Prospectus Roundtable, the crew discussed who everyone would give the Rookie of Year trophy to after the month of October.

Here is excerpt:

In my mind the most impactful rookie so far this season has been Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers. First off, being a rookie defenseman in the National Hockey League carries with it a lot more pressure than being an NHL rookie forward. There are only six defensemen on a roster per night; it is far more difficult to “hide” a defenseman against weaker competition than it is with forwards. Defense mistakes are apparent to the regular fan; forward mistakes are far less noticeable. That is what makes Michael Del Zotto’s start to the season so notable.

Read the entire article here.

  • Bob Roberts

    How about James van Riemsdyk? 13 points in 10 games and a +6 in only 13:03 ATOI. +6 on the FLYERS: that’s 3rd on the team behind Pronger and Carle. And that’s a point less than Carter and 2 less than Richards in 2 less games.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Richard

    Very worthy candidate as well. Just as I said in the piece, I think defense is that much harder as a youngster, so I give the edge to Del Zotto.

    Wouldn’t at all be surprised if JVR was favorite at season’s end.

  • Bob Roberts

    I think you’ll see Del Zotto’s numbers come back to earth, but he has had an impressive start, no doubt.

    D used to be known as vet country. There was always the feeling that young guys had to be seasoned, that with few exceptions like #4, it took time to develop a D-man.

    I was going to put this one to Randy, but this seems an appropriate forum:

    What’s with all the young D stepping in and having amazing years right out of junior? Bogosian, Hedman, Doughty, Schenn, Myers, Del Zotto…

  • Davey Boy

    Rooks are definitely getting it done! What Myers is doing in Buffalo is to me the most impressive but I think JVR will wrap up the Calder with Gagne out.

    How about Sophomore of the year?

    The class with Stamkos and Neal is phenomenal. These guys are creating their own chances nightly and not just burying but Sniping!

    P.S – Got stamkos and neal late in my fantasy pool !