Seven top-10 selections from the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft have made their debut in the opening week of the 2013-14 season. That group includes highly-touted pre-draft hobby favourites Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) and Seth Jones (Nashville Predators).
MacKinnon (first overall) and Jones (fourth overall) were joined in the opening week by Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers, third overall), Elias Lindholm (Carolina Hurricanes, fifth overall), Sean Monahan (Calgary Flames, sixth overall), Rasmus Ristolainen (Buffalo Sabres, eighth overall), and Valeri Nichushkin (Dallas Stars, 10th overall).
Four other top-10 picks from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft also made their debut in the opening week of 2013-14: Ryan Murray (Columbus Blue Jackets, second overall in 2012), Morgan Rielly (Toronto Maple Leafs, fifth overall in 2012), Matthew Dumba (Minnesota Wild, seventh overall in 2012), and Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg Jets, ninth overall in 2012).
In all, 27 rookies made their NHL debut in the opening week of the new season. All 27 are now eligible to be featured in NHL-NHLPA licensed products, including 2013-14 hockey card sets. Collectors should expect to see the first of those rookies in sets released as early as November 2013 (likely 2013-14 Select and 2013-14 Upper Deck Series One).
|Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo Sabres
Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres
Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames *
Elias Lindholm, Carolina Hurricanes
Michael Latta, Chicago Blackhawks
Joakim Nordstrom, Chicago Blackhawks
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche *
Boone Jenner, Columbus Blue Jackets *
Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets **
|Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas Stars *
Luke Gazdic, Edmonton Oilers
Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers
Matthew Dumba, Minnesota Wild *
Justin Fontaine, Minnesota Wild
Michaël Bournival, Montréal Canadiens
Seth Jones, Nashville Predators
Lucas Lessio, Phoenix Coyotes
Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins
|Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks *
Brock Nelson, San Jose Sharks **
Matthew Nieto, San Jose Sharks
Spencer Abbott, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jamie Devane, Toronto Maple Leafs
Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs **
Connor Carrick, Washington Capitals
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals *
Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets
* Appeared at the 2013 NHLPA Rookie Showcase
** Appeared at the 2012 NHLPA Rookie Showcase