NHL Players Most Likely to Have Sophomore Slumps in 2016-17

August 18th, 2016 by Allan Mitchell Leave a reply »
NHL rookies face an enormous uphill battle for playing time, and precious few receive substantial ice time in their first year in the league. During the 2015-16 season, only 25 rookie skaters played 1,000 or more minutes.

But as difficult as it is to establish an NHL career, keeping it on track is a greater challenge.

Consistency is the true measure of a player, and any drop-off early in a career could mean a trade or a demotion. There are players who emerged last season who rode luck—high shooting percentage, a rash of injuries at their position—and a great challenge awaits these players this fall and winter.

Here are the NHL players most likely to suffer the dreaded sophomore jinx in 2016-17.

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