Prospect Ramblings: Rookie Debut Edition

Tony Ferrari


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Welcome back to my bi-weekly Prospect Ramblings! This week we will be taking a look at some of the debuts around the NHL for the first couple days of the season. The NHL season began on Wednesday and there were plenty of rookies making their debuts around the league. From defensemen showing poise in the face of danger to smiles from forwards scoring their first NHL goals, the NHL season has started hot with rookies and prospects making a big impact. Rookies can make-or-break your fantasy teams and these guys have gotten off on the right foot! 


Kaapo Kakko, RW, New York Rangers


One of the early season Calder favourites, Kaapo Kakko made his debut on Thursday night. He didn’t score or have any points in his first NHL game but he was effective and made some good plays. He had the puck on his stick in the offensive zone for 36 seconds which may not seem like much but it was second-highest among all  New York Rangers forwards. He generated scoring chances and his transition play was good as well. 



Kaapo Kakko’s debut came with much fanfare and aside from not scoring, he lived up to the hype. He stepped into an NHL lineup and more than fit in. He was engaged and showed off his speed and strength on a regular basis. He was creating offensively and played a solid 200-foot game. Kakko showed exactly what made him a top prospect and he didn’t even have one of his strongest games.


Rasmus Sandin, LHD, Toronto Maple Leafs


The surprise addition to the Maple Leafs blueline looked like a ten-year veteran in his limited playing time. Due to a constant flow of power plays, Rasmus Sandin was forced to sit on the bench for well over the first ten minutes of the first period after being pumped up from the pregame ceremony with player introductions and the team naming a John Tavares captain. The extended break wasn’t an issue for Sandin. He looked poised, collected and efficient. He was able to play his game, playing in contro