Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2016 Pool Projections: Rookies

If you have had a peek at all the projections that have been posted already on Monday, then you'll notice that there is a considerable amount of attention paid to the rookies, leading up to training camps, since they'll be a focus of one of this year's mini-games.

In order to keep the pool interesting for those who may have taken a few too many unsuccessful gambles at the draft, there will be extra games to try and keep their interest and make the Waiver Draft a little more interesting through the year.  One of those being the rookie scoring race.

Dale B. would have been our rookie champion last year, as he picked up some rookie help in the Waiver Draft last season and shot up the standings with three freshmen on his team.  It's too bad that the game wasn't there for him, because his 8th place finish in the standings wasn't enough for any money.

Of course, the main goal of the pool is to take home the glorious trophy and the big prize money at the end, so if you can use a rookie to help yourself get there and have a shot at the rookie pool, then all the more power to you.

It will be important to note the qualifications of being a rookie... "To be considered a rookie, a player must not have played in more than 25 NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie."

From this week's release of the pool projections, let's collect all the rookies and see where they'll fare and hopefully give you an idea of whether or not you'll want to include one or two in your draft team this year.

Player Pos Team 15/16 Proj
Connor McDavid F EDM 75
Jack Eichel F BUF 60
Nikolaj Ehlers F WPG 55
Sam Reinhart F BUF 55
Sam Bennett F CAL 45
Max Domi F ARI 35
Kasperi Kapanen F TOR 35
William Nylander F TOR 35
Anthony Duclair F ARI 30
Kevin Fiala F NAS 30
Kerby Rychel F CBJ 30
Lawson Crouse F FLA 25
Nicklas Jensen F VAN 25
Ivan Provorov D PHI 25
John Quenneville F NJD 25
Ty Rattie F STL 25
Mike Reilly D MIN 25
Nikita Scherbak F MTL 25
Dylan Strome F ARI 25
Sergei Tolchinsky F CAR 25
Andrei Vasilevskiy G TAM 25
Pavel Zacha F NJD 25
Landon Ferraro F DET 20
Rocco Grimaldi F FLA 20
William Karlsson F CBJ 20
Steve Moses F NAS 20
Nicolas Petan F WPG 20
Austin Watson F NAS 20
Julius Bergman D SAN 15
Brian Dumoulin D PIT 15
Noah Hanifin D CAR 15
Dylan Larkin F DET 15
Anthony Mantha F DET 15
Andrew Miller F EDM 15
Matt Puempel F OTT 15
Griffin Reinhart D EDM 15
Nicholas Ritchie F ANA 15
Shea Theodore D ANA 15
Trevor Van Riemsdyk D CHI 15
Jake Virtanen F VAN 15
Slater Koekkoek D TAM 10
Keegan Lowe D CAR 10
Timo Meier F SAN 10
Joni Ortio G CAL 10
Shane Prince F OTT 10
Hunter Shinkaruk F VAN 10
Duncan Siemens D COL 10
Scott Wedgewood G NJD 10
Danny Biega D CAR 5
Kevin Czuczman D NYI 5
Seth Helgeson D NJD 5
Brad Hunt D EDM 5
Dylan McIlrath D NYR 5
Petteri Lindbohm D STL 5
Andrew MacWilliam D WPG 5
Alexei Marchenko D DET 5
Scott Mayfield D NYI 5
Zane McIntyre G BOS 5
Greg McKegg F FLA 5
Joe Morrow D BOS 5
Liam O'Brien F WAS 5
Iiro Pakarinen F EDM 5
Greg Pateryn D MTL 5
Stuart Percy D TOR 5
Emile Poirer F CAL 5
Ryan Pulock D NYI 5
Borna Rendulic F COL 5
Rasmus Rissanen D CAR 5
Bryan Rust F PIT 5
Miikka Salomaki F NAS 5
Malcolm Subban G BOS 5
Viktor Svedberg D CHI 5
Chris Wagner F ANA 5
Chris Wideman D OTT 5
Luke Witkowski D TAM 5
Tyler Wotherspoon D CAL 5

At the mid-point of August, this list is just a guideline for what could happen in the 2016 season, because a lot can happen between now and training camp, which is still about a month away.  Hell, some of these guys may not even make their respective teams.

A lot of what I've done here is forecast the number of points these guys will get, if they were to make their respective lineup.  If you're going to be hunting for rookies this year, make sure you've got your ear to the ground on draft day, because things will change quickly.  Thankfully, the draft this year is the last Saturday before the regular season starts, so there should be plenty of time to figure out who is playing where.

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