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Putting Together The 2014-15 NHL Preseason All-Rookie Team

Putting Together The 2014-15 NHL Preseason All-Rookie Team

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The NHL seemingly gets younger and younger every year with a new crop of young talent ready to come along and make an impact on an annual basis. This year’s rookie class will be among the best in recent years as there is depth and amazing skill at seemingly every position. The all-rookie team will surely be dotted with at least one or two future All-Stars.

Goalie: Jon Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

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Goalie: Jon Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

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The young goalie came up for a cup of coffee last year with the Ducks, including starting most of the team’s second-round playoff series loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The future is now for the former Kitchener Ranger as the Ducks will turn to the 21-year old full-time.

Defense: Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers

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Defense: Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers

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The No. 1 overall pick in June is coming off a concussion sustained in a meaningless exhibition game, but will be ready to go when camp opens. The Panthers will surely struggle again, but Ekblad will be yet another glimmer of hope for the young team.

Defense: Nikita Zadorov, Buffalo Sabres

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Defense: Nikita Zadorov, Buffalo Sabres

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Buffalo had Zadorov on the roster for seven games last season as an 18-year-old, and he will surely see more action this year. Look for the giant teenager to use his size, skill and snarl effectively as becomes one of the tougher defensemen in the NHL to play against.

Forward: Sam Reinhart, Buffalo Sabres

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Forward: Sam Reinhart, Buffalo Sabres

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The youngest of the Reinhart brothers, Sam was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres no. 2 overall in June and is almost a lock to crack the roster. With his high-end skill and amazing craftiness, Reinhart will be turning heads all next year in upstate New York.

Forward: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

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Forward: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

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The waterbug who excelled for Jerry York at Boston College will be given every chance to play for the Flames next season. Despite being 5-foot-8 on a good day, “Johnny Hockey” has the vision and skill to be an impact player for many years -- and it starts this season.

Forward: Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Forward: Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

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He should have made the Tampa Bay roster last season, but was instead sent back to the Halifax Mooseheads, where he mercilessly torched the competition. If Drouin sticks on a line with Stamkos, 65-70 points isn’t out of the question. Consider the former no. 3 pick in the draft a lock for the All-Rookie team and a near-lock for the Calder Trophy.