2019-20 NHL Rookie Standouts – Best Carryover Class Yet! – Before the heart of the NHL product release schedule for the 2019-20 NHL season begins, there are several notable rookies debuting in early season releases. These products include:
What is a carryover rookie? Upper Deck distributed a pamphlet in boxes of, the recently released, 2019-20 O-Pee-Chee that answers that question.
“The release of the first NHL products each season contain the hottest rookies heading into that year. Some of today’s prospects made their on-ice debut in the late stages of the 2018-19 season, making them members of the carryover rookie class.”
Let’s take a look at some of this coming season’s carryover rookies. (Text taken from aforementioned Upper Deck pamphlet.)
2019-20 NHL Rookie Standouts – Best Carryover Class Yet! – Western Conference
Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks – Hughes is projected to be an elite talent. He garners attention for both his speed and pick handling skills. In his Canucks debut, Quinn notched an assist versus the Kings followed by two assists against the Predators. His accomplishments put him near the top of the list of Calder Trophy candidates for 2019-20.
Rem Pitlick – Nashville Predators – The son of former defender Lance Pitlick, Rem has a scoring touch and led the USHL with 46 goals and 89 points back in 2015-16. He was drafted by the Predators in 2016. He made his NHL debut against the Minnesota Wild at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche – In his Avalanche debut, Makar was electric. He delivered big time with a game winning goal in his first appearance during the playoffs. He continued his impressive start by tallying five points over ten postseason contests. Makar is expected to be a key player this season for Colorado.
Dante Fabbro, Nashville Predators – A hard and accurate shooter, Fabbro was a first round pick by Nashville in the 2016 NHL Draft. He debuted against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He is an excellent two-way blueliner and could be a key piece for Nashville going forward.
Max Jones, Anaheim Ducks – Fans have eagerly awaited Jones’ arrival since he was chosen 24th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft. He was called up for the a Ducks battle with the Wild and scored in a win over the Canadiens. He isn’t eligible for the Calder Trophy in 2019-20, but collectors will want to pick up his rookie cards now.
2019-20 NHL Rookie Standouts – Best Carryover Class Yet! – Eastern Conference
Filip Zadina, Detroit Red Wings – As one of the AHL’s top rookies, Zadina is projected to be the top prospect for the Red Wings. He chipped in 35 points in his first professional season. He made his NHL debut against the Sharks. Detroit fans have high hopes that the youngster can help lead them back to the postseason.
Ryan Poehling, Montreal Canadiens – In a memorable debut for the Canadiens, Poehling notched a hat trick. Talk about ending the season on a high note. Collectors are already eagerly awaiting Poehling’s cards and there is little doubt that he will be a factor in the club’s return to playoff contention.
Alexander Texier, Columbus Blue Jackets – He is praised for his speed but defenders would be wise not to overlook his puck handling ability. He received a late call-up from the Blue Jackets and closed 2018-19 with his first career goal when Columbus defeated the Ottawa Senators.
Erik Brannstrom, Ottawa Senators – A puck moving defender that should move into the role of quarterback on the power play. Brannstrom made his NHL debut against the St. Louis Blues and was credited with a hit. Senators fans and savvy collectors will want to jump on his cards before they heat up.
Taro Hirose, Detroit Red Wings – After inking a deal with the Red Wings, Hirose was one of the hottest rookies down the final stretch of the season with a goal and six assists over ten appearances. If he becomes a regular contributor, his cards should perform nicely.
Phillipe Myers, Philadelphia Flyers – In 2018-19, Philadelphia called Myers up from the AHL. He had a 21-game stint. He earned the respect of teammates and fans. At the end of the season, the towering defender led Canada to a silver medal at the 2019 World Championship.
Vitaly Abramov, Ottowa Senators – Acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, Abramov has great speed and a decent offensive upside. This was clearly evidenced during his days in juniors with the QMHHL’s Victoriaville Tigers. The team has high hopes for his future.