To give you an idea of how difficult it is to forecast a rookie class any given year, one of the three finalists for the Calder Trophy a season ago (goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, then of the Hurricanes, now of the Red Wings) was on waivers early last year. The names listed below are from all over the globe. Some have played briefly in the NHL already; others will begin this coming year in college. One thing is for sure; you'll be hearing a lot about these kids in the not too distant future.
THE AMERICANS ARE COMING
Cole Caufield (RW, MTL): Caufield began last season at the University of Wisconsin, where he led all collegiate players in both goals (30) and points (52) in just 31 games. He won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's best player and signed with the Canadiens in late March. Caufield got a few games in the AHL before being recalled to the Habs. Between the regular season and playoffs, Caufield played 30 games for Montreal, registering eight goals and 17 points. The 20-year-old is an undersized winger with limited speed, but you can count on one hand the number of NHL players who can shoot the puck as well as Caufield. He's an elite sniper who should threaten for 30 goals annually, beginning this season.
Trevor Zegras (W/C, ANA): While Caufield is known for his goal-scoring ability, Zegras is known as an all-world playmaker. He has eyes in the back of his