At this point we know that Jack Hughes, Kappo Kakko, Quinn Hughes, and Cal Makar are all set to compete for this season Calder Trophy. However underneath these four is a litany of young exciting talents. So here is a list of a few guys who could make a big impression in their rookie campaign.
Adam Fox – New York Rangers
When the Canes traded the rights to Adam Fox this summer we were all left scratching our head. By all accounts the right handed defenceman is destined to make a huge impact once he came to the NHL. The New York native spent the past three seasons playing for Harvard essentially operating as the teams motor. He will likely make the Rangers roster on opening night, and then from there the sky’s the limit.
Filip Zadina – Detroit Red Wings
Look now that Stevie Y is at the helm the Wings are going to start turning the ship around. A player to help them do that is Zadina. The nineteen year old Czech winger has some qualities Detroit fans are going to love. He is a dynamic offensive player who is great in his own end. Think Marian Hossa esc. If he can bring a scoring punch to the Wings second line it could help alleviate some pressure off Dylan Larkin and company.
Adam Boqvist – Chicago Blackhawks
The Hawks have been bolstering their blue line this offseason. However, they have some pretty good internal candidates to do that as well. The young puck moving defenseman could use a season alongside the future Hall Of Famer Duncan Keith. If he has a good camp he could make the Hawks team this season.
Erik Brannstrom – Ottowa Senators
It is no secret the Sens are re-building. However they did a nice job turning what assets they had into young talent. Brannstrom is in that group. He is a puck moving D-Man who in spite of his size can make a major impact for the Sens. He is their eliete D-Man of the future.
Ryan Poehling – Montreal Canadiens
The Canadien’s have turned their ship around rather quickly. Barely missing the playoffs last season. A healthy Carey Price and Shea Weber is a game changer for them, but so are the young talented forwards. Poehling only adds depth to their young forward group. A taste for the dramatic this kid is someone you want on the ice when you need a goal. His hat trick to force overtime against Russia in the World Juniors last year will stand out as a highlight of the past decade.
There are a lot of other young talented youth out there who look to make the next step this season. The league is getting younger every day. A twenty five year old player is nearly halfway through his career in today’s NHL. So I encourage you to head over to Elite Prospects and see who can make an impact for your team this year.