NHL 2017: 8 Players That Will Suffer A Sophmore Slump & 7 That Won't

The 2015-2016 NHL season was filled with highs and lows for its crop of rookies. The Edmonton Oilers used the number one draft pick to select what is considered a generational player, in Connor McDavid. We also saw the Buffalo Sabres took the consensus number two pick in Jack Eichel. The season also saw a Russian come out of virtually nowhere, overcome the demands of the regular season and capture the Calder trophy that being Artemi Panarin. There were also a number of stand out players that competed on the Canadian National Junior team that saw success, in Anthony Duclair, Sam Reinhart and second generation player Max Domi.

What is great is that for many of these men they stepped in and made a difference, facing the challenge of competing at the age of 18 or 19 among men. They did so without any fear or concern that the game was beyond them, or that they needed time to mature and develop even more in either Junior or on their specific teams' minor league affiliate. For a number of these men, their second season will provide them with the same success that their first season did. However, not everyone will be as fortunate. The dreaded sophomore slump can be a real concern for a number of these young men. The fear of taking a step back in their careers is sometimes something that players aren't ever able to bounce back from.

17 Sophmores That Will Suffer A Slump

16 Colton Parayko

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15 Sam Reinhart

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14 Nikolaj Ehlers

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13 Joonas Donskoi

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12 Jordan Martinook

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11 Jared McCann

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10 Sergey Kalinin

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9 Shayne Gostisbehere

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8 Sophmores That Won't Suffer A Slump

7 Robby Fabbri

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6 Dylan Larkin

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5 Anthony Duclair

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4 Max Domi

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3 Artemi Panarin

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2 Jack Eichel

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1 Connor McDavid

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He could easily be considered the best rookie from the class of 2015-2016 not to capture any awards. Fans should make no mistake: McDavid is the real deal. He had 48 points in only 45 games played, impeded only by an injury that kept him out almost half of the season. McDavid was productive, despite the Oilers' less than stellar season, but help appears to be on the way as the Oilers were committed to protecting their superstar. They reunited former Bruins talent with former Bruins management, as General Manager Peter Chiarelli signed Milan Lucic. As Lucic's center, McDavid is sure to provide his new winger with ample opportunities to be productive and lead the Oilers to a better season than the previous one.

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