With 12 games under their belts, it is time we take a look at the EURO rookies and see how they are all doing. Who has surprised and who has disappointed.
First lets take a look at our rookies by the numbers and see who is leading in the stats column.
ROOKIE SCORING LEADER:
Vadim Shipachyov (ATH)
Chosen 5th overall by the Greeks, the young skillful Russian centerman is leading all rookies with 8 points (2G 6A)
ROOKIE GOAL SCORING LEADER:
Alexander Radulov (ZUR)
Chosen 4th overall by Zurich, this all round sniper is leading all rookies with 3 Goals
ROOKIE HITS LEADER: (tie)
Nerius Alisauskas (HEL) 8th overall selection & Staffan Kronwall (ATH) 1st overall selection. These two bruising defensemen top the hits charts with 27 hits apiece.
ROOKIE +/- LEADER:
Talgat Zhailauov (MUN). Chosen in the first round 20th overall, this slick playmaking center leads all rookies in the +/- department with a +7. One better than a pair of rookies from Minsk (Thomas Powell & Mathis Olimb)
ROOKIE PIMS LEADER:
Staffan Kronwall (ATH). The 1st overall selection was touted as a big hitter with a mean streak, well his mean streak has been front and center through 12 games this season and the bruising Dman leads all rookies with 32 PIMs, 15 more than the closest rookie. In fact his PIM totals place him second in the league to only PK Subban (46 PIM).
ROOKIE BLOCKED SHOTS LEADER:
Nerius Alisauskas (HEL), the big hitting young Dman from Helsinki isnt afraid to step in front of a shot and his 12 Blocked Shots (2 more than the next closest rookie) are proof positive of this.
ROOKIE SHOTS LEADER:
The EURO has a plethora of young Rookies who like to shot hard and often. Vadim Shipachyov (ATH) currently leads all rookies with 27 Shots through 12 games, 3 more shots than rookie goal scoring leader Alexander Radulov.
ROOKIE AVERAGE MINUTES PER GAME LEADER:
Currently Dimitry Orlov (PAR) leads all rookies for TOI/G with a whooping 21 minute average, however the yound Dman has been a victim of the numbers game and has only played 4 games this season, as such we give the TOI/G leader title to Maxim Chudinov (MIN). The 2nd overall pick of this past entry draft has clocked 19 Minutes per game in the 9 games he has played this season. The offensive D star started off the season on fire, recording 3 points in his first 3 games, but an injury sidelined him for 3 matches and he has since struggled to regain his scoring touch.
Early Season surprise Rookies:
Thomas Vincour (ATH). The young RW wasn’t drafted this past summer, but he was still Rookie eligible and playing on the 4th line in Athens he has managed to tally 1G 4A in 12 games despite playing only 6 minutes per game.
Daniel Fernholm (HEL). While the young Dman hasn’t recorded his first point in the EURO, his play has surpassed all expectations for a player chosen 58th overall in the 3rd Round. With 23 hits in 12 games despite only playing 13 minutes per game, this young Bruiser will be someone to watch as the season progresses.
And what of the 3rd overall Selection in this past draft? what of Kari Ramo (FRK)?
Goaltenders often find it rough to jump into the pros, and as such their rookie seasons can often be difficult. However over and above the stats (3-3-2 4.26 GAA & 86.3 SV%) that Ramo is sporting, the young netminder has clearly established that he is a #1 goalie.
Well folks, that does it for our 1st installment of the “EURO Rookie Watch” We hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing how our rookies have progressed or regressed when we return after the 24th game for our 2nd installment of the Rookie Watch. Until then enjoy the season everyone! And keep your eyes peel on the rookies as we wait to see who will be crowned Rookie of The Year!