NHL Rookie Report: Week 3
We're already into the third week of the 2013 NHL season and some rookies are off to a quick start. Others are just starting to get it going. Fantasy GMs are looking to capitalize on both the trends, as well as the rookies who'll perform over the long haul. This week, we will take a look at some of the freshman who are still just coming out of the woodwork.
In no particular order...
Alex Galchenyuk (MTL - C) • Galchenyuk punched his ticket to a full-season ride last week, and ever since he's picked up the scoring pace. He's only 18, but he's getting to play in lots of different situations, while also displaying his knack for the setup. He now has three 2-point nights in the last 5 games - all assists.
Chris Kreider (NYR - L) • Kreider has overcome an early ankle injury, and he finally notched his first regular season goal on Tuesday, Feb. 5th. There is no reason why he can't turn his slow start around and finish with decent totals.
Brendan Gallagher (MTL - R) • Gallagher has 3 goals and 5 points in 7 games. He doesn't have the same cache as his fellow Habitant freshman Galchenyuk, but he too will be with the Canadiens all season.
Mika Zibanejad (OTT - C) • Zibanejad got the call up due to the Jason Spezza injury, and he already has 3 points in 5 total games this season, surpassing Silfverberg for the rookie scoring lead on the Senators. Apparently he is ready to go. Zibanejad is the Sens' top draft pick from 2011.
Simon Despres (PIT - D) • We mentioned Despres in our previous Rookie Report, and he's continued to make an impact for the Penguins through the first two and a half weeks. He's contributing across the board, with 2G, 2A, 14 PIMs, and a +4 rating. He was an offensive defenseman in the QMJHL as a member of the Saint John's Sea Dogs with Jonathan Huberdeau, and last year he put up 15 points in his 44-game AHL rookie season. Drafted 30th overall in 2009, Despres is coming of age right in front of our eyes.
Tye McGinn (PHI - L) • McGinn is getting a chance to play nearly every night, but his offensive contribution is inconsistent at best. He's 22 years old and was drafted 119th back in 2010. Last year he posted 12 goals and 18 points in 63 games with the Phantoms of the AHL.
Robert Burtozzo (PIT - D) • Burtozzo has been making various entries on the scorer's sheet in his first 4 NHL games; he has a couple PIMs, some shots and 2 points. He's 23 years old and spent the past 3 full seasons in the AHL. We don't expect him to be a big scoring threat long-term, but when cast amidst his rookie counterparts, he looks like a player ready to make the jump to the NHL on a permanent basis.
There you have a rundown of some of the lesser known rookies who've begun to appear at the top of the rookie scoring race. In our next edition of the Fantasy Hockey Standard Rookie Report, we will unveil our first mid-season rookie rankings cheat sheet, free of charge, for download from website.