Originally Posted by 4horsemen
Absolutely not. It's exceedingly rare for a rookie to ever achieve that sort of scoring pace.
Off the top of my head the only players who pulled that sort of scoring pace off as a rookie in recent memory are: Crosby, Malkin and Ovechkin
It takes an Elite 1st overall pick to make this happen. I mean elite among 1st overall picks!
Ya it hasn't been done in a few years now....Toews (54 in 64), Kane (72 in 82), and Backstrom (69 in 82) all were in the neighborhood in 2007-08, and Bobby Ryan had 57 in 64 in 2008-09, but no rookie had come close since then until RNH last year. Note that none of those players actually hit PPG, but came close.
I don't see it happening this year.....if any rookie is gonna make a run at PPG I think it might be Granlund. He has the talent, and he's going to get a lot of opportunities. I think Yakupov has a bit too much competition to really make a run, same with Tarasenko (who I love long-term, but I think this year that "scoring by committee" is gonna hurt him). I don't know if Huberdeau has the right supporting cast, and Bartschi I just don't think is quite good enough.
It's gonna be a hell of a rookie crop this year, I just don't know if any of them will put up huge numbers just yet.
20 Team Dynasty (points per) - G (25, 50 for defense) A (25) PIM (3) +/- (5) PPG (15) SHG (25) OTG (15) GWG (25) HTr (50) GP (2) HIT (1) BLK (1) Use actual NHL salary
F: Malkin, Tavares, E. Kane, Parenteau, Havlat, Tarasenko, Galchenyuk, Brunner, Boyes, Kruger, Helm, M. Martin, Bergenheim, Carcillo, Stajan
D: Green, Ehrhoff, Ekman-Larsson, Coburn, Daley, Postma
G: Fleury, Mason, Montoya
Farm: Grigorenko, Grimaldi, Kucherov, D. Shore, Hartikainen, Stransky, Kerdiles, Joensuu, Pageau, Murphy, Ceci, Klefbom, Thrower, Donovan, Ekholm, Lehner, Dansk, Poulin, Nilsson, Andersen