Week 11 Rookie Report
This week we unveil our updated Rookie Rankings for Week 11. There continue to be adjustments throughout the order, rookies are still coming out of the woodwork, and our top rookies continue to battle it out for the number one spot.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the movers and shakers as we approach the trade deadline.
1. Tyler Johnson (TBL – C) Whereas he was previously unranked in our top 40, Tyler Johnson shoots up the rankings in this update. He was just recently called up from the AHL, and currently has six points in seven games (thanks to a four game scoring streak that’s now ended). Last season he was another big part of the Norfolk Admiral’s championship season. Note that Johnson seems to have supplanted Killorn as the Lightning’s current “rookie with upside.” Palat is also in the picture, and of course Conacher remains a frontrunner for Rookie of the Year.
2. Vladimir Tarasenko (STL – R) is back from concussion and playing regularly. After being out for nearly a month, he recorded two points in his first two games, but has since gone four games without a point. Amazingly, Tarasenko remains tied for ninth in rookie scoring and, with a couple of big games, he could quickly jump back into the top five. However, it is clear that the injury will be a detriment to his bid for the Calder Trophy.
3. Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA – C) vs. Cory Conacher (TBL – L) After anointing Huberdeau as our number one rookie in our previous cheat sheet, he has since gone goal-less and collected just four assists. He remains valuable, but Conacher moves back up to number-one for the time being. Conacher on the other hand has regained his touch of late, scoring twice and adding two helpers in the last six games.
4. Tyler Toffoli (LAK – R) scored 50-plus goals in both of his last two junior seasons (2010-2012), and he’s now worked his way into the Kings’ starting line-up. In just four games he has two goals and three points; clearly he’s a rookie on the upswing. Can he keep it up down the stretch? He’s worth a gamble if you’re looking for a rookie on the waiver wire.
5. Chris Kreider (NYR – L) is back with the Rangers. He scored on March 26th, but that’s about all we can report. The Blue Shirts look lost this year, and of course Glen Sather is dealing with health issues, which may be weighing on the team? Get well soon Glen.
6. Peter Holland (ANH – C) is getting a shot to play the second line center position for Anaheim. This is a tenuous opportunity, as the position has been a revolving door so far in 2013. Holland was an offensive threat last year in the AHL, and time will tell if he can deliver at the NHL level. We think he will eventually develop into a solid contributor.
There you have some in-depth discussion of our Week 11 Rookie Rankings Update. Good luck on the wire this week. The race for the 2013 Calder Trophy is nearing its conclusion.