*At the time of writing this post, Mcdavid was behind ALL of these guys in scoring, since then he has skyrocketed to the top of rookie scoring. What an incredible player, we intend to take nothing away from Eichel, as he is impressed as well, but below we show some love to the other rookie sensations*
The season is just underway; while all eyes are glued to Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, let’s take a look at some of the fresh faces who are putting up more points than these 2 phenoms at the 6 game mark.
Artemi Panarin - CHI 7 pts, 2 G, 5 A (Now 8 pts)
This 23 year old Russian has a few years on this year’s 1-2 overall picks, playing 3 full seasons in the KHL before moving over to North America. His experience on international ice shows by the way he is able to skate effortlessly along the ice surface. He seems to have had an easy time adjusting to the smaller North Americana rinks. Quick passing, and elite line mates are what make this player so dangerous. Chicago has been called out by some this year, expecting a fall off from the past could dynasty-like campaigns. Not if Artemi has anything to say about it though.
Dylan Larkin - DET 6 pts, 2 G, 4 A (Now 7 pts)
Detroit is known for their ability to develop players in the AHL before turning them into bonified NHL players. Dylan Larkin is an exception. Although he technically played for Grand Rapids last playoff, hise experience in the NHL is fresh and so is his talent level. Surprising the staff in training camp and coming out of the gate strong, Larkin is looking to chase the Calder trophy this year on the big squad.
Max Domi - ARI 6 pts, 3 G, 3 A (Now 10 pts)
Max Domi is Don Cherry’s pick for rookie of the year. Everyone knew he was going to impress after being picked 12th overall and finishing out his time in London. Watching him play with Anthony Duclair has really been a treat. His speed and puck handling make him a threat any place on the ice. He’s also not afraid to mix it up, making him a dangerous power forward that can dangle and snipe with the best of them.
Anthony Duclair - ARI 6 pts, 4 G, 2 A (Now 7 pts)
Duclair had a brief stint in the NHL last year, strating the year with the NY Rangers. His time there was limited, as he didn’t make it past the initial window, and was sent back to juniorsJRs. This 20 year old 80th overall pick has really impressed so far this year. Along with Domi, he has been able to rack up the points netting a hat trick in just his third game as a “rookie”. He knows how to win with a World JR gold as well as a U18 international gold. Arizona is looking stacked with young talent, let’s see if they can continue their dominance.
Oscar Lindberg - NYR 5 pts, 4 G, 1 A (Now 7 pts)
Also a little older at 23, Lindberg has 3 years of Swedish elite League experience along with two full AHL seasons. Extremely impressive in the AHL with Hartford, he put upof 44 and 56 points in back to back 75 game seasons. This forward has classic Swedish hands and the smooth stride to match. He was originally drafted by Arizona in the 2010 draft 57th overall. Imagine if he was still with the Yotes, that would be insane.