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Five Safe(ish) Rookies for Your NHL Hockey Pool in 07-08

Knowing that I’m a hockey fan, somebody asked me today which rookie he should pick in his pool. I haven’t been following the training camps and pre-season very closely (though I’ve been enjoying the FanHouse’s team-by-team previews), so I had to go do a bit of research. These five rookies seem to be likely to make their respective teams and shine in 2007-08:

  • Jonathan Toews – Chicago
  • Nicklas Backstrom – Washington
  • Benoit Pouliot – Wild
  • Peter Mueller – Coyotes
  • Jack Johnson (D) – Blues

And these three seem less certain, but likely candidates as well:

  • Bobby Ryan – Ducks
  • Igor Grigorenko – Redwings
  • Erik Johnson (D) – Kings

Like I say, I’m no expert–who are you picking?

10 Responses to “Five Safe(ish) Rookies for Your NHL Hockey Pool in 07-08”

  1. fantasydope

    Like your picks, let me add a couple…

    Not sure if these will count as rookies or not, but first year NHLers worth watching:

    Jaroslav Hlinka (Avs) – led Czech elite league in scoring, already clicking in Avs camp.

    Cory Murphy (Panthers) – Finnish league MVP expected to contribute to Panthers power play.

  2. darren

    Nah, I’m afraid the drafting and such would be too hard to run from Malta. I might participate with a list if somebody else runs one, but 7:00pm PST is 4:00am locally, so that’s a bit tricky for me.

  3. darren

    Puckateer: I’m not following the Wings very closely, but the reports I’ve seen thus far have been very mixed on Grigorenko. Some suggest that he’ll start the year in the minors.

  4. TJ

    Jack Johnson plays for the Kings and Eric Johnson plays for the Blues

  5. jnas

    ur forgetting cogliano and brodziak on the oilers

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