Rookies making the cut in the NHL, 2008-09

By HF Staff

The Los Angeles Kings have the most rookies on their opening night roster with seven.  St. Louis is next with six rookies. Three teams have no rookies: Buffalo, Colorado and Washington.

Below are the rookies who made the opening roster for each NHL team.

Anaheim: Nathan McIver

Atlanta: Zach Bogosian, Brett Sterling, Nathan Oystrick

Boston: Blake Wheeler

Buffalo: none

Calgary: Brandon Prust, Adam Pardy, Gord Baldwin, Curtis McElhinney, Kevin Lalande (IR)

Carolina: Brandon Sutter, Zach Boychuk

Chicago: Kris Versteeg, Colin Fraser, Jack Skille, Niklas Hjalmarsson

Colorado: none

Columbus: Derick Brassard, Jakub Voracek, Steve Mason

Dallas: Fabian Brunnstrom, Brandon Crombeen, Tobias Stephan, James Neal

Detroit: Jimmy Howard (IR)

Edmonton: Jeff Deslauriers

Florida: Michael Frolik

Los Angeles: Matt Moulson, Richard Clune, Brian Boyle, Marc-Andre Cliche, Oscar Moller, Wayne Simmonds, Drew Doughty

Minnesota: Colton Gillies, Benoit Pouliot, John Scott (IR)

Montreal: Mathieu Carle

Nashville: Patric Hornqvist, Ryan Jones, Kevin Klein, Pekka Rinne

New Jersey: Petr Vrana, Barry Tallackson, Anssi Salmela

NY Islanders: Nate Thompson, Joshua Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Jack Hillen

NY Rangers: Lauri Korpikoski

Ottawa: Jesse Winchester, Brian Lee

Philadelphia: Luca Sbisa, Ryan Parent

Phoenix: Mikkel Boedker, Kevin Porter, Kyle Turris, Viktor Tikhonov, Jonas Ahnelov

Pittsburgh: Paul Bissonnette, Alex Goligoski

San Jose: Tomas Plihal, Lukas Kaspar

St. Louis: Patrik Berglund, T.J. Oshie, Chris Porter, Alex Pietrangelo, Jonas Junland, Steve Wagner

Tampa Bay: Steven Stamkos

Toronto: John Mitchell, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin, Luke Schenn

Vancouver: Jannik Hansen, Rick Rypien, Mike Brown

Washington: none