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.
|Trevor Van Riemsdyk||D||CHI||15|
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.