Prospect Ramblings: The best first NHL goals of 2016-17

Hayden Soboleski

2017-04-16

Looking at the best first-goals scored by rookies this season in this Sunday Ramblings…

 

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Anyone who regularly reads my Sunday Ramblings knows that I always try to wrap-up my column with highlights of NHL rookies scoring their first career goals. Whether they're budding stars or late-blooming grinders, these guys have worked their entire life to reach the highest level and their first goals will be highlights in their respective careers. Now that the regular season has ended, I want to share this accumulation of my favorites of the 2016-17 season (in no particular order).

 

Justin Bailey does his best Bobby Orr impression for his first.

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Auston Matthews' ridiculous 4 goal debut was obviously going to be the highlight of this list, so lets just get it overwith…

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Julius Honka scored his recently, but his total domination the shift will never get old.

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JT Compher gives his teammates a reason to celebrate in a season without much else.

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John Hayden gets extra points for his footwork on the pass reception.

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Brandon Montour has waited way too long to show this hammer off on a regular basis.

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Brendan Perlini knows where to shoot to make it look good.

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Yanni Gourde gets his shorthanded – an impressive and rare feat.

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Pontus Aberg deserves some showcasing that Preds prospects dont always get. What a shot.

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Patrick Laine wasted no time showing off his absolute rocket of a shot. He scored many more