Saturday, October 01, 2005


Sidney Crosby is the hand's-down winner of the desirable trophy awarded to the NHL's best rookie, but he should not forget that there are other players also who could challenge for the honor, since the enthusiasm in the raw talents don’t lack anywhere. As a matter of fact this year's rookie class is expected to emerge out as the best because of the last year's lockout that delayed the entry of many players into the league. Crosby received the status conferral because he was the first-overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft and is expected to make his debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Let’s hope that he helps carry that franchise back to respectability. But again might is not always right. Indeed he has done a fabulous job and has creating a lot of chances with his speed in the exhibition game, but there are other players also who are for their share of the limelight this season.

Though some will make their mark and others will be demoted, but certainly all of them deserve to be watched closely. Some of these deserving players are; Brandon Bochenski – He might surprise a few people. He already has five goals, including a hat trick, in this year's preseason; Rene Bourque- He has already has three goals; Jeff Carter: At the AHL level, Carter scored 12 goals and added 11 assists in 21 postseason games; Ryan Getzlaf seems to be prepared for full-time NHL duties. Fortunately, he has been able to handle every challenge thrown his way so far in a young career; Guillaume Latendresse – He has already scored three goals and has added two assists in four exhibition games. Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta: Lehtonen has been coined as the goalie of the future. Well, the future is waiting for him; Rostislav Olesz - He has made an immediate impact; Maxime Ouellet - is finally ready to prove his skills; Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian player who can give Crosby a run for his money.


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