2018-19 NHL Rookies
Brett Talley takes a look at some of NHL's top rookies to seek out in your fantasy hockey drafts.
Age really is just a number when it comes to hockey. Great players can often play into their 40’s with guys like Jaromir Jagr managing to play into their mid-40’s. On the other end of the spectrum, it’s not uncommon for teenagers to do great things in the NHL. With perhaps the exception of a rookie running back in the NFL or the rare generational talent like LeBron in the NBA, hockey is arguably the sport where rookies generate the most fantasy value.
In the last five seasons, at least one rookie forward has scored at least 60 points. Let’s take a look at those high scoring rookies to try and identify some common traits that might apply to this year’s crop.
In 2013-2014 it was the first overall pick from that summer’s draft, Nathan MacKinnon, who ended up being the only rookie to top 60 points. A defenseman went first in this year’s draft, and while Buffalo’s Rasmus Dahlin is an exciting prospect, it’s second overall pick Andrei Svechnikov who is most analogous to MacKinnon...