Early within the 2021-22 NHL season, rookies aren’t simply constructing their respective circumstances for the Calder Trophy. A lot of them are serving to to vary the trajectory of their groups — generally for the higher, in some circumstances for the more severe.
Here is a have a look at which rookie forwards, defenseman and goaltenders have seen their shares rise or fall after the primary month of the season, based mostly on established expectations. Plus, some context from crew execs and coaches about what’s gone proper and unsuitable.
Within the “inventory down,” we’re solely coping with gamers in and across the NHL and never ones which have already been shipped out to different leagues like William Eklund of the San Jose Sharks (Sweden), Hendrix Lapierre of the Washington Capitals (juniors) and Jake Neighbours of the St. Louis Blues (juniors).
However first, let’s discover out which gamers are on the rise within the rookie of the yr race.