Originally posted on Lowetide  |  Last updated 1/9/12
Despite appearances, the Edmonton Oilers are relying far less on rookies this NHL season. The huge number of rookies from a year ago are still developing but at least the pace of new hires has slowed to a more normal rate. 11-12 Rookies (TOI) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 658 Corey Potter 549 Anton Lander 395 Lennart Petrell 282 Colten Teubert 182 Alex Plante 32 Teemu Hartikainen 27 Ryan O'Marra 20 A quick note: the NHL doesn't count Potter and Petrell as rookies, but I do because they are first year NHLers and their arrival at a later age doesn't make playing in the league any easier. The 11-12 Oilers have used rookies for 2,145 minutes this season, so we should expect about 4,000 total minutes devoted to rookies over the entire year. Fair?2010-11 (TOI) Devan Dubnyk 2061 Magnus Paajarvi 1231 Jordan Eberle 1220 Taylor Hall 1184 Linus Omark 783 Jeff Petry 713 Ryan O'Marra 231 Teemu Hartikainen 209 Chris VandeVelde 207 Alex Plante 45 7,884 minutes or thereabouts devoted to rookies. Man that's a...
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