This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.
Originally expected to be a fairly weak rookie class, no less than 20 freshmen have made a significant impact in the first half of the season. Even the "just missed" group has provided considerable fantasy value to owners. Here we profile the 10 best rookies.
1. Brock Boeser (VAN-RW): I have been as high on Boeser as anyone the last two seasons, but even I did not foresee him producing at the level he has this year. He has 19 goals in 33 games, averaging a point-per-game. Boeser has a wicked release on his shot and is a threat to score the instant he enters the offensive zone. He gave both the Canucks and fantasy owners a major scare recently when he blocked a shot with his foot and was forced to crawl to the bench, but it did not cost him any games. The major concern for Boeser is the fact the Canucks lack offensive weapons. Thankfully, Boeser excels at creating his own offense. Don't expect him to average a point-per-game the rest of the way, but he shouldn't be too far off from that pace.
2. Mathew Barzal (NYI-C): One of the smartest players in the league (rookie or otherwise), Barzal has played with Andrew Ladd and Jordan Eberle for weeks now, along with being a mainstay on New York's top power play unit. Barzal excels in open space and his vision is outstanding. He is the rare 20-year-old who makes all the players around him better. The