Part three was a little bit challenging to narrow the last couple of rookies, since Tyson Jost got demoted to the fourth line, Pierre Luc Dubois is not even listed on the Blue Jackets roster and I’m not sold on Dylan Strome.
Kailer Yamamoto: RW- Edmonton Oilers
After an impressive preseason, Yamamoto cracked the Oilers roster and will be a top-six forward to start the season. Yamamoto was third in the preseason for goals(5) and showed major signs of progression this preseason. Not many thought Yamamoto would crack the roster let along the top six, but if this kid can stay in that position and possibly play along McDavid, he could see his numbers soar. Yamamoto may not have great size but his speed, excellent hockey sense, and senses in the offensive zone are remarkable. For the WHL Spokane Chiefs he scored 99 points in 65 games, the 2017 first round 22nd overall pick, Yamamoto will have his chance to see NHL time now. If he plays a full 82-games and remains in the top six we can expect 20G, 25A from Yamamoto.
Josh Ho-Sang- RW- New York Islanders
Last season we saw Ho-Sang play 20 some odd games at the NHL level and it was enough to access his game as elusive, quick and breakaway speed. Ho-Sang’s top quality has to be his speed, his ability to gain that extra step on guys gives him an advantage coming out of the defensive zone. He brings a spark to the Islanders lineup and but the only problem could be the attention Ho-Sang will see early in the season. Ho-Sang and Islander fans are expecting big things from him, paired with Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier, he will be the goal scorer on that line. It would not be surprising to see Ho-Sang get some Calder contention as well, next season look for Ho-Sang to score 22G, 20A.
Joel Eriksson Ek, C- Minnesota Wild
A major dark horse in the contention for rookies to consider for the 17-18 season but on this Minnesota offense, he will be surrounded by a ton of talent and players that can help excel his game at the NHL level. Eriksson Ek has played 15 games at the NHL level last season where he tallied 7 points but previous to that he has played much of his time over in Sweden. He is a top-notch center, with good size and can be effective in all areas of the ice. Eriksson Ek has goal scoring ability and plays a fine two-way game, a once 2015 1st round 20th overall pick will be given the chance to finally propel his NHL game. Look for Eriksson Ek to be a 12 goal scorer, 18 assists and play more of a defensive centerman role.