Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers and finalists Brandon Saad of the Chicago Blackhawks and Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens head the 2012-13 NHL All-Rookie team.
Also named to the team in a vote by the Professional Hockey Writers Association were goaltender Jake Allen of the St, Louis Blues and defensemen Jonas Brodin of the Minnesota Wild and Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers.
Huberdeau, the third player selected in the 2011 NHL Draft, played in all 48 games for Florida and ranked second on the team and among NHL rookies with 31 points. His 14 goals were third among rookies, and his average ice time of 16:55 led all first-year forwards. He was also the first player in franchise history and the only one in the NHL this season to score on two penalty shots, and he set a team record for points by a teenager, breaking the mark of 27 set by Radek Dvorak in 1995-96.
Gallagher, a fifth-round pick (No. 147) by the Canadiens in the 2010 NHL Draft, helped Montreal go from a last-place finish in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12 to a Northeast Division title and the second seed in the conference in 2012-13. He played in 44 games, ranking second among rookies with 15 goals and fourth with 28 points. The 21-year-old was second among first-year skaters in shots on goal with 117, fifth with a plus-10 rating and tied for third with three game-winning goals.
Saad, a second-round pick (No. 43) by the Blackhawks in 2011, led all rookies with a plus-17 rating, including a plus-12 rating on the road, to help Chicago earn its second Presidents’ Trophy in team history. He played 46 games and ranked fifth among rookies in each of the three major scoring categories -- goals (10), assists (17) and points (27). Saad, 20, also placed third among freshmen first-year forwards in average time on ice (16:27) and was fourth among all first-year skaters in shots on goal with 98.
The Blues got a boost from Allen, their second-round pick (No. 34) in the 2008 NHL Draft, after Jaroslav Halak went down with an injury. He led rookie goaltenders with nine victories, a 2.46 goals-against average and a save percentage of .905. Allen won eight of his first nine decisions, including five straight from March 7-16. Allen, 22, made a career-high 39 saves March 12 against San Jose -- the most by any St. Louis goaltender this season -- and made 28 saves against Phoenix on March 14 to earn his first NHL shutout.
Brodin, the 10th player taken in the 2011 NHL Draft, scored two goals and finished with 11 points and a plus-3 rating in 45 games to help the Wild advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007-08. He led all rookies in total time on ice (1,044:35) and average time on ice (23:12), becoming just the eighth first-year skater in League history to average more than 23 minutes per game. At 19, he was the youngest defenseman in the NHL this season.
Schultz signed with the Oilers as a free agent after playing three seasons at the University of Wisconsin and led first-year defensemen in goals (8), assists (19) and points (27) in 48 games. The 22-year-old also led all rookies with 11 power-play assists and 15 power-play points, five more than the next-closest player, and tied for first among freshmen skaters with three game-winning goals. Among rookies, Schultz ranked second in total time on ice (1,029:35), third in average time on ice (21:26) and first in average power-play time on ice (3:12).
2012-13 NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
||Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues
||Jonas Brodin, Minnesota Wild
||Justin Schultz, Edmonton Oilers
||Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens
||Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers
||Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks