Best rookie in the last three years?
- 01-22-2007, 01:26 AM
- 01-22-2007, 01:49 AM
I amazed you chose Kyle Welwood over Dion Phaneuf for example. IMO, Welwood is not even sniffing that list at the moment, you must be a Leafs fan..
Anyway, Crosby, I feel, has a superior overall skill set to Ovechkin and is the 'best' rookie on that list.
01-22-2007, 01:59 AM
Very close call between Ovechkin and Crosby. I had to go with Ovechkin due to his exciting style of play, and I'm from D.C.
01-22-2007, 10:17 AM
Crosby by far. Don't Get me wrong Ovechkin and stall are great players. But Pittsburgh is **** when Crosby doesn't play.
Wellwood doesn't even deserve to be on this list. HAHA
01-22-2007, 10:20 AM
01-22-2007, 10:27 AM
01-22-2007, 01:04 PM
01-22-2007, 03:14 PM
I'm a huge leafs fan and I'm not dillusional I just through him in for fun. I actually had Phaneuf on there before but nobody would vote for hime over Crosby.Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier
01-22-2007, 04:14 PM
How about Kari Lehtonen of Atlanta? Young goaltending is a precious commodity and he is the best prospect in the league right now. He has a .912 Save% on a bad defensive team. He is the reason that Atlanta is leading their division (although Hossa is having a great year).
01-22-2007, 05:41 PM
That's true, though his production has not been consistent following Atlanta's great beginning run. Do you feel Lehtonen is/should be rated over Marc-Andre Fleury? I think MAF has been an integral part of Pittsburgh's success as well. Where was Lunqdvist?Originally Posted by Rodja
01-22-2007, 10:51 PM
Lehtonen got hurt the first game last season and they missed the playoffs because of it. He is healthy this year and they are 3rd in the east. Fleury played last season and they were one of the worst teams again, but this year, Gonchar, Crosby, and Malkin have been the major reason for their improved season.Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier
01-22-2007, 11:08 PM
01-23-2007, 12:53 AM
Definitely, Malkin has been huge, and obviously as the league leader in points so too has been Crosby. However, Gonchar was there last year, as was an older but still effective Leclair, Lemieux for a time, Recchi, and Crosby (still ended up with over 100 let's remember) and Pittsburgh ended up horribly. Besides Malkin's 52 pts, the only real positive difference in the Penguins play has been MAF.Originally Posted by Rodja
01-23-2007, 10:38 AM
I will leave with you like this. When Crosby doesn't play or get a point the Penguins haven't won. That is over 30 games, they lost cause Crosby wasn't apart of the offence in that game.
01-23-2007, 02:08 PM
What I meant was that Gonchar had a terrible year, especially the first half, but this season has been much better. He is playing about 2 minutes more per game and his +/- is better than last year as well. You can also attribute the better defense to the maturation of Ryan Whitney and Brooks Orpik as well. Fleury has been important, but Lehtonen has Atlanta in the top 3 in the east.Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier
01-23-2007, 02:13 PM
01-25-2007, 09:49 PM
01-30-2007, 03:57 PM
02-03-2007, 03:32 PM
02-03-2007, 11:04 PM
Gonna go with Sid the kid, the way he can dominate a game is absolutely awesome to watch. It's a shame in the "new" NHL that these kids in Pittsburgh will play out there rookie deals and move for the money....scary talent on that roster
02-07-2007, 07:43 AM
People still watch this game called hockey? haha I was just becoming a big hockey fan untill the strike hit...haven't watched a game since.
03-12-2007, 11:50 PM
03-13-2007, 01:51 PM
03-13-2007, 03:24 PM
03-13-2007, 08:37 PM
I voted for crosby the kid has skill and all the hype and pressure on this young man and he has not dissapointed his rookie year nhl needed him after the nasty labor dispute
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