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Kreider, Yakupov highlight NHLPA Rookie Showcase

Aug 23, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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Even with labor strife looming, the NHL’s 2012-13 freshman class will still participate in an annual rite of passage.

On Aug. 28, 30 of next season’s top rookie prospects will be in Toronto for the fourth annual NHLPA Rookie Showcase.

More, from the PA:

Panini America and Upper Deck – the official trading card partners of the NHLPA and the NHL – will be photographing the rookies for the first time ever in their new official NHL team uniforms. The photos will be used for upcoming trading cards and memorabilia items.

EA Sports will also be taking head scans of the rookies to be used in their upcoming NHL 13 video game.

This year’s field will be highlighted by Rangers forward Chris Kreider — who broke a 59-year-old record by scoring five playoff goals before making his regular season debut — and Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov, the first overall selection at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The 28 other participants are:

Tyson Barrie (Avalanche)
Nathan Beaulieu (Canadiens)
Beau Bennett (Penguins)
Jack Campbell (Stars)
Charlie Coyle (Wild)
Emerson Etem (Ducks)
Alex Galchenyuk (Canadiens)
Dougie Hamilton (Bruins)
Quinton Howden (Panthers)
Tomas Jurco (Red Wings)
Jared Knight (Bruins)
Leo Komarov (Maple Leafs)
Scott Laughton (Flyers)
Joe Morrow (Penguins)
Ryan Murphy (Hurricanes)
Ryan Murray (Blue Jackets)
Brock Nelson (Islanders)
Jamie Oleksiak (Stars)
Griffin Reinhart (Islanders)
Morgan Rielly (Maple Leafs)
Justin Schultz (Oilers)
Jaden Schwartz (Blues)
Reilly Smith (Stars)
Ryan Spooner (Bruins)
Jarred Tinordi (Canadiens)
Tyler Toffoli (Kings)
Mark Visentin (Coyotes)
Austin Watson (Predators)

Last year’s rookie showcase featured all three nominees for the 2012 Calder Trophy — New Jersey’s Adam Henrique, Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the eventual winner, Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    THERE’S GOING TO BE A LOCKOUT!!

    • revansrevenant - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      No argument here.

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