Three NHL Rookies to Watch Out for Next Season

Todd CordellCorrespondent IMay 20, 2010

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 8:  Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in the warm-up prior to a game against the San Jose Sharks on February 8, 2010 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Sharks defeated the Leafs 3-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Though there are many rookies (drafted and yet to be drafted) to choose from, these select three have caught my eye.


Taylor Hall (Drafted by either Edmonton or Boston—likely Edmonton)

While Hall has not yet been drafted, word is that he has already met with Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini, and will be drafted first overall in the upcoming draft.

I know what fans are thinking: The Oilers do not feature many good players, so Hall won't have the opportunity to score much, but that is where you are wrong.

Next season Hall will already have some good offensive players around him in a healthy Ales Hemsky and Ryan Whitney, who is a great puck-moving defenseman. Hall will also have the likes of rookies Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson.

The Oilers also have a lot of cap to sign free agents and will have even more once they trade Sheldon Souray, who demanded a trade.

Point prediction: 70-75


Jordan Eberle (Drafted by Edmonton)

Surprise, surprise—another Oiler made the list. Many people expect Jordan Eberle to be a top notch NHL player in a couple of years and I am one of them.

Jordan Eberle is a centerman and will probably see some time on a line with Taylor Hall (LW) and Ales Hemsky (RW), which will be one of the fastest and most skilled lines in the NHL.

Eberle tore up the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season with the Regina Pats as he had 106 points in 57 games (50G, 56A).

Eberle also showed that he is capable of scoring in the pro's as he had 14 points in 11 games with the Springfield Falcons, the Oilers AHL affiliate.

I would expect Eberle to be in contention for the rookie of the year award along with guys like Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Nazem Kadri.

Point prediction: 65-70


Nazem Kadri (Drafted by Toronto)

Nazem Kadri will make the Leafs' roster this season and will be a part of this Maple Leafs team for a long time.

Nazem Kadri will probably see time on the top line with Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin, but that could change depending on if they acquire a top-6 forward.

Kadri had a very impressive season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) as he had 93 points in 56 games (35G, 58A). However, that is not what impressed me the most. Kadri was the fourth leading playoff scorer in the OHL with 27 points in just 12 games.

Like I said above, I expect Kadri to be in the running for rookie of the year.

Point prediction: 65-70


I would love to hear your thoughts on these rookies so feel free to comment.