Ranking the 10 Most Impressive Rookies so Far in the 2014-15 NHL Season

October 30th, 2014 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »

Barely a month into the NHL's 2014-15 season, several rookies have impressed with their performances thus far. While this season's rookie crop lacks the star power of 2014 Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon, there are those showing promise as possible Calder candidates.

Some on this list have garnered praise from teammates and coaches for their skill level and maturity. Several have already earned more playing time and responsibilities. A few are steadily improving after overcoming a slow start. A handful with limited NHL experience are using that know-how to their advantage.

A factor worth noting is the 10-game deadline for NHL teams to send an 18- or 19-year old rookie back to their junior team. They can play up to nine NHL games as a trial period and be returned to junior, thus delaying by one year when their entry-level contract goes into effect.

Here's a look at the 10 most impressive NHL rookies thus far this season. Feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section.

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