We are over a month into the 2015-16 NHL season and there hasn’t been a ton of movement within the rookie ranks. To date the same familiar faces have continued to play extremely well for their clubs, and some have just started to blossom.
Because of that it might be beneficial to once again look at the top five, but focus on some of their better moments of the season to date.
With that in mind, here’s the fourth edition of Freshman Friday.
Jack Eichel Shimmies and Shakes Past the Tampa Bay Lightning
Artemi Panarin Snipes One Past Cam Talbot
Oscar Lindberg Picks Corner Against Avs
Colton Parayko Bombs One Off The Glass
Glass Case of Emotions
Emoticons are how most people communicate via text in 2015. There are a couple of prospects who weren’t mentioned in detail, so here is a look at those fine folks in emoticon form.
Sam Bennett — The Flames’ budding pivot from Holland Landing, Ontario is working his way up the scoring chart. After a slow start to the season, Bennett has tallied three goals in his last five games, and he is really starting to show flashes of the player who burst onto the scene during the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Dylan Larkin — The Wings’ talented forward has been kept off the board since November 6, and he hasn’t scored a goal since November 3. He has 10 points in 15 games for the Red Wings, but it appears teams are starting to key in on him during scoring situations. It is frustrating because he’s had chances, only to be stopped at the last minute.
Mike Condon — Mike Condon is off to an amazing start for the Montreal Canadiens and he’s been nearly perfect thus far. The rookie netminder is 6-0-2 with a 1.73 goals-against average and a save percentage of .936 in eight starts, and has proven to be an adequate understudy to Carey Price. Condon has been money in the bank, and his cap hit of $575,000 is a major bargain.
Mattias Janmark — Janmark has really slowed down his production over the last few weeks, and he hasn’t scored a goal in the month of November. He started the month off playing 10:07 vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs, but has seen an increase in ice time in recent games in an attempt to get him going.
Anthony Duclair — The Duke of Glendale was off to an amazing start to the season, but he’s hit a brick wall. He has one point in his last nine games. The 20-year-old who hails from Quebec has a bright future in this league, but don’t rule out a trip to the minors if the struggles continue.
Nikolaj Ehlers — Nik Ehlers has been one of my favorite prospects since he burst onto the scene at the WJC U-18 tournament with Denmark during the 2012-13 season. He tallied 11 points in five games, and made the jump to the Q for the following season. He posted a pair of 100-point seasons and jumped to the NHL to start the season. He has nine points to date, but he is starting to show some signs of frustration. Ehlers was able to dangle up and down the Junior system, but at the NHL level he hasn’t been as successful. Better days are coming, and hopefully they are sooner rather than later.
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