Alex Pietrangelo: Unofficial NHL Rookie of the Year

February 25th, 2011 by Bobby Brooks Leave a reply »
2008: 8 GM 0 G 1 A 1 P 0 +/-

2009: 9 GM 1 G 1 A 2 P -9 +/-

Take a closer look at these numbers, because this is the reason why Alex Pietrangelo will not be winning the 2010 rookie of the year award. 

Due to a strange technicality in the rules, if a player plays more than six NHL games in the preceding two seasons, then he will not be eligible for the award. 

Combined, Pietrangelo played a total of 17 games before this season.

Meanwhile, Logan Couture, a heavy favorite to be among the finalists this year, played a full 25 NHL regular season games last season, which is the maximum amount of games in a single preceding season that a player can play while still remaining eligible; to add insult to injury, Couture played in an additional 15 NHL playoff games last season. 

Could someone please explain this rule to me in layman's terms? The NHL is going to try and convince me that Logan Couture and his 40 NHL games last season is eligible for the rookie of the year honors this season, but not Pietrangelo and his scattered 17 games? 

Let's get real. 

It's a shame that the le ...

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