In his debut season in the OHL, he collected 101 points. He was considered the top prospect by central scouting in 2012, and according to Hockey's Future, he was expected to contribute significantly to the Oilers' second line. He wasn't a franchise player or a generational talent, but he was the best the draft had to offer at the moment.
Yakupov was selected third overall by the Edmonton Oilers. The pick ended years of speculation about whether the Oilers would select first or second, as well as which direction they would go with their picks. General manager Steve Tambellini said that the team wanted to take the best player available, regardless of position.
At 6'1" and 190 pounds, Yakupov has excellent size for a center. He also has good hands and is a solid skater with great speed and acceleration. Although most scouts believe that Yakupov will eventually settle into a role as a two-way player, he started off strong in junior last year by scoring 26 goals and adding 62 assists for 88 points in 57 games for the Medicine Hat Tigers.
He was ranked number one by Central Scouting on its list of the top 100 players in the 2012 draft. The only reason he dropped down to third overall was due to concerns about his commitment to hockey after reports surfaced that he might be willing to play baseball instead. However, later reports indicated that he was not likely to do so.
Lindholm, the Carolina Hurricanes' fifth-round choice in the 2013 NHL Draft, concluded his rookie season with 21 points (nine goals, 21 points) in 58 games. In 2014-15, he increased his point total to 39 (17 goals, 22 assists). The 20-year-old Swede won the Calder Trophy as the League's best rookie last year.
Before turning pro, Lindholm played four seasons with Boston University, where he was a three-time All-American and two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist. As a freshman, he helped lead the team to its first NCAA title in school history. He finished with 105 points (44 goals, 61 assists) in 132 games.
The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping that Lindholm can become another Swedish player who has made an impact at the professional level. Peter Forsberg and Henrik Lundqvist were other talented Swedes who played for Pittsburgh before they became famous players elsewhere.
In April 2012, Lindholm signed a three-year entry-level contract with Carolina. He was assigned to the Checkers, the Hurricanes' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.
After his first season with the Checkers, in which he scored 16 goals and added 31 assists in 57 games, Lindholm was chosen by Carolina in the 2013 NHL Draft.
He made his NHL debut in 1992-1993, scoring 76 goals. It is still the league record for most goals by a rookie, and it won him the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best first-year player. He has three seasons with at least 50 goals and four seasons with at least 100 points. Selanne also had six hat tricks as a rookie, most ever by a Finnish player.
Selanne's goal total was second only to Mike Gartner of the Toronto Maple Leafs (81). However, because the NHL didn't have any other players even close to Selanne's level back then, he scored more than once per game. In fact, according to hockeyreference.com, he averaged more than one goal per game.
In 1995-1996, his first full season, he led the league with 109 points. That is still a Las Vegas Golden Knight franchise record for most points by a rookie - Wayne Gaudreau broke it in 2015-2016. The Atlanta Thrashers had Johnny Oduya with 105 points in 2001-2002, but he played only 70 games due to injury.
Selanne went on to play 16 more seasons in the NHL, finishing with 408 goals and 466 assists for 874 points. He won the Art Ross Trophy as the top scorer at the end of the 2002-2003 season when he had 99 points, and he also won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Award as the league's top goal scorer.
Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues Yakupov is widely considered as one of the NHL's worst draft flops due to his selection position, brief NHL career, and poor point totals. ...
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137 marks Wayne Gretzky scored 51 goals and 137 points in his debut NHL season, putting him at the top of the rookie scoring history. The New York Rangers drafted him with the 3rd overall pick in the 1979 draft.
This past year he was ranked #3 on our list of the 100 Greatest Players of all time.
In case you were wondering, the record for most points by a rookie is held by Gordie Howe who got 150 in 1968-69. The record for most goals is held by Ted Lindsay who scored 50 in 1947-48. They both played for the Detroit Red Wings.
Wayne Gretzky's wife, Janet, died in April 2008 after fighting cancer. He is currently married to actress Emilia Clarke. They met on the set of the first "Game of Thrones" series when she played one of his characters' wives. She is also British.
Gretzky has three children: two daughters, Sarah and Grace, and a son, Tyler. He has four grandchildren: Ella, Henry, Thomas, and Ruby.
Staal led the Petes in scoring during his draft year, with 39 goals and 98 points. He was named to the Canadian Hockey League's (CHL) First All-Star Team as well as the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) Second All-Star Team. Staal also contributed one assist in the CHL Top Prospects Game.
In his first season with the Hurricanes in 2006-07, Staal scored 15 goals and added 31 assists for 46 points. He led all NHL rookies in scoring and was selected to the 2007 NHL All-Rookie Team.
Staal has continued to be a dominant force in the offensive zone throughout his OHL career. The Hurricanes' captain has more than enough talent to become one of the league's top players. He is a strong two-way player who plays a physical game and is able to contribute on the power play. The only question is whether or not he will continue to improve and reach his full potential.
Staal was drafted second overall by the Hurricanes in the 2005 NHL Draft. He joined brothers Cam and Jordan as a member of the franchise at the time of his selection. The Staals are the most successful family in Carolina hockey history; they are now responsible for bringing the Stanley Cup back to North Carolina after it had been lost for nearly 100 years. The Cup will be on display at the BB&T Center through October 2010.
Keith was voted one of the 100 best NHL players in January 2017. One month later, he recorded an assist to become the Blackhawks' third defenseman to reach 500 NHL points, and he completed the season by being named an NHL Second-Team All-Star. He has been a key part of Chicago's defense since joining the team as a free agent in 2009, after three seasons with the Vancouver Canucks.
In 672 career NHL games, all with the Blackhawks, Keith has scored 116 goals and added 484 assists for 590 points. He is one of only four defensemen to score at least 10 goals during each of his first seven seasons in the league (Paul Kariya, Andrei Markov, Brian Leetch). Keith won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2016 as the best defensive forward in the league.
He won the Norris Trophy in 2015 after playing in every game for the Blackhawks and finishing with 51 points (12 goals, 39 assists). That year, Keith became the first defender to win the award since Ron Francis in 1990. Prior to that, no defenseman had ever won it more than twice in the history of the NHL. The last time a defenseman had three consecutive years with 50 or more points was by Paul Kariya from 2000 to 2003.
Duncan Keith was born on July 21st, 1984, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.