10 NHL rookies to keep an eye on

A look at 10 first-year players who could force their way into NHL lineups during the lockout-shortened 48-game season.

Will Oilers hopeful Justin Schultz overcome his defensive shortcomings?

Some National Hockey League general managers could face at least one dilemma this season.

Do they roll the dice and reward a strong start by a first-year player out of junior by keeping him past the five-game limit set by the league that would trigger his entry-level contract?

Or, is burning close to $1 million US on a teenager’s deal in a lockout-shortened 48-game season not worth the potential payoff?

Above, we at have selected 10 rookies who are worth watching this season, many of whom are expected to spend the entire campaign in the NHL. Who will impress the most?

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