Prospect Ramblings: Top 10 First NHL Goals of 2018-19

Hayden Soboleski




In my weekly Ramblings, my favorite content is featuring the first NHL goals of players achieving their hockey dreams. Now that we’ve hit the summer, I took the opportunity to look back over the 2018-19 season and pick out my top ten first goals of the year. I don’t have an official rating scale, I chose the goals that best showed individual effort by the goal-scorer, which tended to favor the fast moves and wicked shots. Enjoy!



#10 – Not afraid of being a puck hog, Max Jones shows no fear of defenders before getting it to the net.


#9 – The kick-move to get the puck on his stick gets Carl Grundstrom into the 9th spot, and it being his first NHL game doesn’t hurt his case either.


#8 – I was on the fence as Christoffer Ehn fought off the defender for the puck, but that backhand sealed the deal to get him on the list.


#7 – Wraparound goals are a rare sighting these days so Sean Walker gets a nod from me for having the stones to go for it after getting into the dirty area.


#6 – I didn’t include many one-timers on the list, but if you tell me this isn’t the most perfect finish by Dean Kukan then you’re a liar. Bonus points for it being a game-tying goal in the playoffs.


#5 – Hard not to love a guy like Jayce Hawryluk working his ass off for every chance, including this one where he reaches past a defender and the goalie.


#4 – We’ve all seen this one on the highlight reels. A patient approach and an absolutely lethal snipe by Elias Pettersson in his first NHL contest.



#3 – I know, I know… A goal by Trevor Moore 2-on-1 goal ahead of Pettersson’s? Clearly some Leafs bias is present. But Moore straight-up beats a defender on his way in so he get’s the edge from me.



#2 – Fortune favors the bold. Straight out of Liiga, early in his first NHL season, and Antti Suomela decides to protect the puck and cut through the crease. Great finish.


#1 – Ryan Poehling’s first goal wasn’t overly memorable. Neither was his second. His third probably wouldn’t make this list on its own either. But the hat trick, plus a shootout beauty, all in his first game, and I have not problem bending the rules to put Poehling at the top of this list. What a night!



BONUS CONTENT – for the WORST first goal of the season, look no further than the Avalanche giving Mikhail Vorobyev a freebie



Hayden Soboleski







Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Fabian Lysell 8.5 9.0
Jakub Lauko 6.0 6.0
Matthew Poitras 7.5 7.5
Alexander Nikishin 9.0 9.3
Alexander Rykov 7.0 7.5
Justin Robidas 5.5 4.5
Zion Nybeck 8.0 3.0
David Kase 4.0 6.0
Jacob Julien 6.5 6.0
Anton Johannesson 3.0 3.0