Much attention has been focused on the cream of this crop, such as Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf and the NY Rangers Henrik Lundqvist, so much so in fact that many others have been somewhat overlooked.
It’s not their fault, but simply due to that aforementioned depth in rookie talent this season created by the lockout.
Keep your eyes on the following rookies, hockey fans, because along with those previously mentioned rookie stars, most of them will form the “next wave” of top NHL talent, the guys who’ll carry this league and their respective teams for the next ten years.
Robert Esche said he believes coach Ken Hitchcock has already decided on rookie Antero Niittymaki for the postseason. General Manager Bob Clarke insists every player is entitled to an opinion, but only on the condition that he puts the team first regardless of what role he is given.
It’s just one of those things that defies explanation. How can the Senators, blessed with so many great individual talents, now find themselves 0-for-16 in their last six shootouts?