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Top postseason rookie sensations

These talented rookies performed like veterans in the postseason

Updated: May 3, 2011, 6:11 PM ET
By Robert Vollman | Hockey Prospectus
Michal NeuvirthMitchell Layton/Getty ImagesThe Washington Capitals' Michal Neuvirth is having a great postseason so far.

After one round of postseason action, one of the big stories is the impact this year's crop of rookies is having. Washington's Michal Neuvirth was sensational in shutting down the New York Rangers; Logan Couture upstaged San Jose's big names in their win over the Los Angeles Kings; and the big goals have been scored by the likes of Montreal's P.K. Subban, Boston's Brad Marchand and even Nashville's latest acquisition, Matt Halischuk. How do they stack up against recent history's greatest postseason rookie performances?

Couture scored two goals and had five points in the first round, while Marchand bagged five points and was plus-5 against the Habs. Since 1998, only nine rookies have scored at least 10 points in a single postseason, so they could each join a surprisingly select club by the end of Round 2. Also within striking distance is Marcus Johansson of the Caps, who earned two goals, four points and was plus-3 in just five games against the Rangers.


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