Top 10 ‘Slightly’ Underrated Rookies

Tom Collins


Each season, fantasy general managers go into their drafts wanting to grab the shiny new toy.

However, when it comes to rookies, many GMs look only at the top names consistently mentioned in the national media as Calder candidates. You see plenty written about Alexis Lafreniere, Tim Stuetzle, Kirill Kaprizov, Marco Rossi and goalies Igor Shesterkin and Ilya Sorokin, but what about some of the rookie names you don't hear as much about? Last year, Nick Suzuki, Dominik Kubalik, Martin Necas and John Marino were overlooked in fantasy drafts in favour of Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko.

I'm thinking this year will be different than normal seasons. Older players may need more rest days, while younger guys are less likely to have groin or hamstring pulls, not to mention less likely to have at-home stresses and family. Some teams could be leaning on their rookies and young guns more than they usually would as greybeards get more games off.

(You can read more about rookies and potential Calder nominees in Dobber's 15th Annual Fantasy Guide, available for purchase here.)

Below are 10 rookies who aren't mentioned as often as some of the big names but are worth putting on your watch list. They won't all be dynamite, and some may