As you may have noticed, we elected to wrap up our NHL coverage at Hockey's Future at the end of last week. The primary reason for this decision was the simple fact that, due to limitations in our current content admin, the NHL content was overwhelming what is still our bread-and-butter content, the NHL prospect coverage. We didn't want that to continue, of course, hence the decision to suspend most of this coverage.
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In this season's final installment of On the Rush, we take a look at the seasons of several prospects who are exceeding expectations, including a pair of prospects making the most of opportunities in the NHL after injury-related call-ups. We also delve into the reasons behind the struggles of other prospects who appeared poised to make a splash prior to the season and check in with prospects who missed significant development time this year.
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While this season’s rookie class may not quite rival that of last year’s youngsters, there have been several impact rookies. Here is a look at three Calder Trophy favorites and their achievements this season.*
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It’s one thing to be the NHL’s leading scorer, as Evgeni Malkin was with his 109-point campaign. It’s another to make those around you better. But when the consensus best player in the world misses most of the season and his teammate emerges as the league’s best, carrying his team into the postseason and making them one of the favorites for the Stanley Cup, that’s greatness.