Devin Setoguchi ranks 10th in rookie scoring so far this season, but he’s most certainly not the 10th best rookie in the league.
Several things make this a fact, including his games played total (11) which is half that of most of the players above him.
Below is a list of the top 10 forwards in terms of overall points this season and their even-strength points-per-60 minutes heading into tonight’s action.
I think it gives us a stronger line in the sand than merely looking at the leaderboard.
- Devin Setoguchi, SJS (11gp, 7-1-8, 3.19)
- Peter Mueller, PHX (20gp, 6-4-10, 2.26)
- Patrick Kane, CHI (23gp, 7-15-22, 2.10)
- David Perron, STL (14gp, 5-3-8, 2.09)
- Andrew Cogliano, EDM (24gp, 5-9-14, 2.04)
- Martin Hanzal, PHX (21gp, 2-9-11, 1.81)
- Sam Gagner, EDM (23gp, 2-7-9, 1.80)
- Daniel Carcillo, PHX (21gp, 4-7-11, 1.78)
- Niklas Backstrom, WSH (24gp, 2-12-14, 1.35)
- Jonathan Toews, CHI (21gp, 8-8-16, 1.22)
A few notes: Setoguchi’s linemates get lots of credit, but this kid has played 150 minutes at EV and has 7 goals already. Should he get 800 EV minutes (which is certainly possible) and maintain some semblance of his current pace he could end up with over 35 goals this season. Cogliano ranks 5th on the list, but it should be noted as well that his linemates don’t resemble Joe Thornton AND that he has points on the PP(3) and shorthanded (2), the only such player on the list. Jonathan Toews has played almost 300 EV minutes and gathered 6 points. His PP performance (10 points already) has him 2nd in overall rookie scoring. These are rookies, this is their starting off point. They are not helping their teams win like they will in their prime or even three years from now. Rookie seasons are mostly about survival.
Some of these kids are going to be very good, and two of them are Oilers.