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Lightning forwards Johnson, Palat named to NHL 2014 All-Rookie team

Jun 24, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat have been named to the NHL’s 2014 All-Rookie team, giving the Tampa Bay Lightning such an honor after finishing the season among the top three in scoring for first-year players.

Nathan MacKinnon,who took home the Calder Trophy earlier in the evening, finished atop the rookie class in scoring with 24 goals and 63 points for the Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon and Johnson each finished with the same number of goals. The Avalanche qualified for the post-season, winning the Central Division during the regular season.

MacKinnon, still only 18 years of age, was dynamic in the playoffs even though the Avalanche lost in the opening round. He finished with 10 points in seven post-season games.

After emerging on to the NHL scene in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs for the Boston Bruins, Torey Krug was named to the All-Rookie team on defense, as was Hampus Lindholm of the Anaheim Ducks. In goal, Frederik Andersen, also from the Ducks, made the squad.


G Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks 28 20 5 0 2.29 .923 0

D Torey Krug, Boston Bruins 79 14 26 40 17:30
D Hampus Lindholm, Anaheim Ducks 78 6 24 30 19:25
F Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 26 50 18:47
F Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche 82 24 39 63 17:20
F Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning 82 23 36 59 18:02

  1. skeeterbarnes - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    How is Jacob Trouba not on this team? His numbers were not as good, but look at the team around him! This is a kid that steps right into the NHL (without benefit of a playoff run the previous year Torey Krug) and almost immediately draws into the #1 pairing. Plays PP, PK, 5 on 5. When he was injured, the defensive play of the entire Jets team suffered greatly. Krug and Lindholm had very good years–absolutely. But they do not stack up to the level of responsibility or the level of expectation that was on Trouba for the vast majority of the season.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      League was stacked with rookie D-Men this year. I think I would have been fine with any combination of Trouba, Lindholm, Krug, and Maatta.

  2. djshnooks - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Those kids all helped to take their teams to the playoffs, Trouba did not.

    Theoretically, just because Ekblad or Reinhart light it up in Florida or Buffalo, wouldn’t mean they belong on the list if their respective teams are horrible again.

    Idk, just trying to think of something. Lol.

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    I think Trouba should’ve been on there but maybe that’s because I saw him play 82 games.
    Having said that, Maata was also very good & didn’t make the team. But I think it’s fair to say no rookie defencemen was as important to their team as Trouba was for the Jets

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