Student versus Teacher

J Status

2008-03-18

Patrick Kane

The Western Conference doesn’t have the flash of the East. Sure, the West may have the best teams with the champs and Detroit, but there sure isn’t a Crosby, Ovechkin or Malkin. Still, the future is bright.

Five of the top six scoring rookies are from the Western Conference… only Mr. Backstrom gives the East hope in that race. So, though the elite now aren’t the best, the elite soon are looking better and deeper. Now, for the hell of it, let’s take a look at how these new youngsters are stepping up as compared to their predecessors. This comparison shows the top five western rookies versus the top five current western stars. I think you’ll find the students are showing the promise to quickly trump their teachers.

Patrick Kane, RW, CHI                                                                       
Age: 19                                                                                             

Key Stats: 73GP, 17G, 45A, 62P, 18:17ATOI                                          

Peter Mueller, C, PHO                                                                        

Age: 19
Key Stats: 72GP, 21G, 27A, 48P, 17:02ATOI

Jonathan Toews, C, CHI
Age:
19
Key Stats: 55GP, 20G, 27A, 47P, 18:35ATOI

Sam Gagner, C, EDM
Age:
18
Key Stats: 70GP, 9G, 33A, 42P, 15:23ATOI