1-Columbus Blue Jackets
Total games played by rookies (11 players): 240 games
Players: Forwards Alexander Texier, Emil Bemstrom, Eric Robinson, Kevin Stenlund, Ryan MacInnis, Kole Sherwood; defensemen Vladislav Gavrikov, Gabriel Carlsson; goalies Elvis Merzlikins, Matiss Kivlenieks
Best rookie: Merzlikins was denied a ninth straight win and third shutout in a row when the Blue Jackets lost to the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, but there's no denying the impact he's made since the knee injury sustained by Joonas Korpisalo, who has missed the past 17 games. Merzlikins ranks second among NHL rookie goalies in games played (25), third in wins (12) and has the highest save percentage (.930) and is tied with Washington Capitals goalie Ilya Samsonov for the lowest goals-against average (2.19) among rookie goalies having played at least 10 games. He leads the NHL with five shutouts.