Best rookie for 2021-22 season debated by NHL.com writers - NHL.com
|NHL.com 15 Sep 2021 at 09:16|
Some players, including Montreal Canadiens forward Cole Caufield and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jamie Drysdale, started building their resumes in limited action last season.
To be considered a rookie, a player must be under 26 years old (on Sept. 15 of the year he is eligible) and cannot have played more than 25 NHL games in any single preceding season nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons.
Other candidates are buoyed by the hype of successful careers in college or junior hockey and the pedigree of being a high selection in the NHL Draft. Forwards Morgan Frost of the Philadelphia Flyers and Marco Rossi of the Minnesota Wild, and defenseman Nils Lundkvist of the New York Rangers fall into this category.
Finally, some have already proven their mettle by playing in professional leagues outside North America, much in the same way Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov did in the KHL before he won the Calder Trophy voted as NHL rookie of the year last season. Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider, who played in Sweden, and Florida Panthers forward Anton Lundell are among those aiming to take the same approach.