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February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018

The Hockey News 2018 Rookie Issue, annually highlighting the best freshman the NHL has to offer. In this year’s edition, we profile Brock Boeser, Matt Barzal, Mikhail Sergachev, Clayton Keller, P-L Dubois & many more. Plus, our WJC wrap, and we pay our respects to the late, great Johnny Bower.

IN THIS ISSUE

IVAN PROVOROV Vs.   CHARLIE McAVOY

BETTER DEFENSEMAN WOW! WHAT A NICE early Christmas present I received from THN. In order to compose this article, I had the privilege in the 10 days prior to the NHL’s holiday break of watching Philadelphia’s Ivan Provorov and Boston’s Charlie McAvoy play five games each. Prior to watching these games, I would’ve said that both were top young players in the NHL and, in particular, that they had surpassed most of their contemporaries on the second rung of young defensemen behind Columbus’ Zach Werenski and Florida’s Aaron Ekblad. But after watching the games, I realized I had to adjust my thinking. Both Provorov and McAvoy are improving rapidly. They’re already cornerstones of their teams. Their values are skyrocketing because what they bring to their teams are the most important qualities…

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THE COUNTDOWN   LATE-ROUND DRAFT CROPS

THE BLUEPRINT FOR sustained success is unique in the NHL’s salary-cap era. Winning is less about signing big-fish free agents. Money still matters a ton, but it’s more about spending those dollars to retain your homegrown superstars. That’s why Connor McDavid will earn $12.5 million annually starting next season after his entry-level contract ends. Because teams must commit massive portions of their budgets to their foundational players, it’s more important than ever to win with contributions from later-round draft picks, as they can be crucial support players while remaining under team control into their late 20s. It’s no coincidence these rankings commence with last year’s Stanley Cup finalists and the team that came within a goal of eliminating the eventual champion. Scouting is so good nowadays that there are fewer busts…

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HOW TO BE AN NHL ROOKIE

BEING A ROOKIE IN the NHL means proving you can skate, score and defend with the best players on the planet – but the hockey itself might be the easy part for young prospects. Life in The Show is a whirlwind and because of that, franchises have to make sure their newest players get accustomed to being professionals both at the rink and away from it. “It can be a big culture shock,” said Rich Peverley, the player development co-ordinator for the Dallas Stars. “A lot of kids have to go through some big life-learning lessons. Getting a driver’s license, paying for insurance, paying rent… these are things kids haven’t gone through. The closer you prepare those kids to living on their own, cooking on their own and paying their bills,…

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CALDER RACE FOR 2019

1. CASEY MITTELSTADT BUFFALO SABRES, C Based on his play at the world juniors and the Sabres’ need for more offense, Mittelstadt seems like a one-and-done at the University of Minnesota. His skating, skills and creativity will immediately lead to points, perhaps on a line with Eichel? 2. ELIAS PETTERSSON VANCOUVER CANUCKS, C He has ventilated the SHL back home in Sweden and, with another summer of training and weight gain, Pettersson should be ready to handle the NHL. With his hockey IQ and playmaking, he’ll do damage over here. 3. RASMUS DAHLIN 2018 DRAFT, D The most impressive aspect of Dahlin’s world juniors was how much his defensive game has grown year over year. We already know he can change a game with his skating and offensive acumen, so the NHL can’t arrive soon enough for the…