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.