NHL Rookie Power Rankings, December 2018 – We’re a few months in to the 2018-19 hockey season and a bunch of top rookies are making a name for themselves on the NHL ice. Check out the top 20 rookies for the month of December in Russ Cohen’s NHL Rookie Power Rankings.
- Elias Pettersson – Canucks – This pivot is ranked 36th in the NHL in scoring tied with veteran, Dylan Larkin. His 17 goals in 33 games is crazy and his 36 points in 33 games are amazing. He’s come back strong from an injury too. He has a 13-point lead on Colin White.
- Rasmus Dahlin – Sabres – He’s currently the 22nd ranked NHL defenseman in scoring. He has four goals and 20 points. He’s second in rookie assists. He’s picked things up as of late so expect these numbers to rise potentially pushing Pettersson for the Calder before it’s all said and done.
- Brady Tkachuk – Senators – This all-around stud winger has 10 goals and 18 assists. He’s only played in 26 games because of injury. He’s a plus player and has 25 PIMS because he plays a tough and sometimes annoying brand of hockey.
- Andrei Svechnikov – Hurricanes – He has 10 goals in what’s been an up and down, learning experience of a season for the Russian winger. He has 18 points in 35 games and one multi-goal game so far this season.
- Colin White – Senators – This center made his NHL debut in 2016-17. He has had injury issues but this season, technically his third, is clicking at a high rate with nine goals and 14 assists. Only 21, since he’s played less than 25 games in any past season and less than six in the preceding two seasons, he’s a rookie.
- Miro Heiskanen – Stars – The talented Finn has logged more minutes than most of the rookies on this list. His 17 points in 37 games are second to Dahlin in that category but 23:11 time on the ice the highest for any rookie defenseman. He takes five more shifts a game than Dahlin on average.
- Andreas Johnsson – Maple Leafs – The winger started out on the fourth line and moved up to the first line with John Tavares and Mitch Marner. The 17 points in 32 games may soon rise much faster.
- Anthony Cirelli – Lightning – This center’s points aren’t the reason he’s here. He does have 14 in 37 games but he’s a +13 on the season; tops for NHL rookies.
- Dennis Cholowski – Red Wings – This rangy defenseman has six goals and 14 points in 36 games. He takes 24 shifts a game.
- Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Canadiens – This rookie center is only 18. He has 17 points in 37 games. Playing under the pressure of Montreal this is a terrific start to the season for him.
- Dominik Kahun – Blackhawks – This smart, unsigned, German forward is 23, but that’s still young enough to end up on this list. He has 14 points in 39 games.
- Brett Howden – Rangers – This rookie center has 14 points in 34 games. He started out hot and has leveled off a bit.
- Mathieu Joseph –Lightning – This fast winger has nine goals and 13 points in 32 games on a stacked team. He will have to earn his playing time.
- Filip Chytil – Rangers – The 19-year-old winger has earned top line minutes. He has seven goals and 13 points in 35 games. He has two game-winning goals.
- Maxime Lajoie – Senators – For a fifth-round draft pick in 2016, the Senators are getting a lot of production from this offensive defenseman. He has seven goals and 13 points in 33 games.
- Michael Rasmussen – Red Wings – The 6-6 center has six goals and 11 points in 36 games. Wait until he gets hot.
- Henri Jokiharju – Blackhawks – This Finnish defenseman has tallied 11 assists in 32 games. He has a great shot and teammates knock in his rebounds from time to time. 10 of these helpers have come at even strength. Playing in the 2019 World Junior Championship may hurt his points total due to missed games.
- Casey Mittelstadt – Sabres – In 37 games this talented center has five goals and five assists. Once he figures it all out his points will rise.
- Linus Ullmark – Sabres – This rookie goalie has eight wins in 13 games played with a .922 save percentage. He’s the best rookie goalie by far. He could rise if he gets more games than Carter Hutton the #1 there.
- Jordan Greenway – Wild – This 6-6 winger has six goals and five assists in 34 games. He’s already played in the Olympics and yet he’s still a rookie.
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