Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 8/31/13
The banner crop of rookie NHL forwards did not disappoint last season. Many became impact players during their first campaign and several are positioned for additional success this season.Here is how the second-year forwards stack up:Nail Yakupov, Edmonton Oilers: Somehow he went more than a month without scoring a goal last season, between Feb. 25 and March 30. Then he scored 11 times in April, including six in his last three games. He has the skill to score 30 to 40 goals every season. But will he mature in his second season and struggle with the dreaded sophomore slump?Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers: The departure of veteran center Stephen Weiss puts the offense on his young shoulders. He made his case for the Calder Trophy by scoring 21 points in 29 games through February and March before fading to just six points in 12 April games. Assuming he makes a full recovering from hip labrum surgery – and assuming that young centers Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov break out as expected -- Huberdeau sh
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