Most websites tell you about sleepers and players to stay away from but we aren't most websites, we don't stop there. Which is why using stats and brain power we are telling you guys the three rookies that will be fantasy studs for this season. Obviously, many people will have a different top three and if you do tweet us and tell us your top three at @DST_Tweets.
3. Jimmy Vesey (LW) - New York Rangers
Drafted: 66th overall pick In The 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Previous Team: Boston College (Hockey East)
There aren't a lot of players who are coming into the year with more hype and pressure to come out of the gates scoring goals than this guy. The Vesey sweepstakes was the main NHL story this summer and adding the pressure of playing hockey in New York City it is a lot to handle for a kid in his early twenties, but it seems like he is handling it nicely. Vesey is the holder of The Hobey Baker Award for best player in college hockey, and after his amazing Traverse City display, he seems like he will slot into a top-six forward role immediately. Tonight (9/29/16) he will be playing with Kevin Hayes and Rick Nash, this shows how much AV and the Rangers organization loves him. This is a solid pick.
2. Auston Matthews (C) - Toronto Maple Leafs
Drafted: 1st Overall Draft Pick In The 2016 NHL Entry Draft
Previous Teams: ZSC Lions (National League A)
As a proud American, this hurts not putting him as number one. This kid is a fucking STUD; he was awesome at the World Juniors this year and even better at the World Cup of Hockey for North America. Mathews is going to be the next big U.S. American Hockey star, but sadly, his team is pretty shit right now. They have other youngsters like Mitch Marner and William Nylander, which will make them an exciting team this year, but I am worried he doesn't have the best supporting cast to help him get a good +/- and assists. I love you Auston, don't be mad at me about being number two, please prove me wrong. Be the savior America needs.
1. Patrik Laine (RW/LW) - Winnipeg Jets
Drafted: 2nd Overall Draft Pick In The 2016 NHL Entry Draft
Previous Teams: Tappara (Liiga)
Patrik Laine is first on my list not just due to his incredible showing at the World Cup of Hockey, or his size (6 foot 4 inches) but also because of his team. Him and Mathews are the two favorites to win the Calder Trophy this year (which is fair) and the reason why I think Laine is better equipped to do better this season is because of his team. If his season goes well, he will most likely play with two out of Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Nikolaj Ehlers or Drew Stafford. These players are veterans who are known to score goals and assist which is why Laine will get the most amount of points for NHL Rookies (Hot Takes dropping all over you fools). This kid is cocky and is a beast, can't wait to watch this kid play.
Here they are people; I think most of us can agree on the last two but if you don't think Vesey should be three tell us by following us on Twitter at @DST_Tweets and telling us. You can also tell your friends to check out the blog, so we can all debate together. Let's keep this blog growing guys. Thank you for the constant support. Now go out there and enjoy some preseason hockey.