The National Hockey League announced Wednesday the 2015-16 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League's top rookie: Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin, as well as Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.
Also named to the 2015-16 NHL All-Rookie Team are Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel, St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko and Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson.
Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each NHL All-Rookie Team member's outstanding season:
John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks
Gibson, a second-round selection (No. 39) in the 2011 NHL Draft, went 21-13-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and four shutouts in 40 games to help the Ducks capture the William M. Jennings Trophy. He shared first place among rookies in wins and paced rookie goaltenders in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts (minimum: 25 GP). Overall, Gibson ranked second in the entire NHL in goals-against average, tied for eighth in shutouts and 12th in save percentage. The 22-year-old Pittsburgh native is Anaheim's third All-Rookie Team selection in the past three seasons, joining Frederik Andersen and Hampus Lindholm in 2013-14.
DEFENSEMEN (in alphabetical order)
Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers
Gostisbehere, a third-round pick (No. 78) in the 2012 NHL Draft, led rookie defensemen in goals (17), assists (29), points (46), power-play goals (8), power-play points (22) and game-winning goals (5) in 64 games. He scored four overtime goals, setting a League record for any rookie, and matched a single-season record for any defenseman. Gostisbehere had a 15-game point streak Jan. 19 - Feb. 20 (5-13-18), an NHL record for a rookie defenseman. The 23-year-old Pembroke Pines, Fla., native is Philadelphia's first All-Rookie Team selection since Joni Pitkanen in 2003-04.
Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues
Parayko, a fellow third-round selection (No. 86) in the 2012 NHL Draft, ranked second among rookie defensemen in goals (9), assists and points (33) in 79 games. He paced all rookie skaters with a plus-28 rating, which ranked fifth in the entire League and set a Blues rookie record. Parayko scored his first two NHL goals Oct. 13 at CGY, becoming the first Blues rookie defenseman with a multi-goal performance since 2000-01. The 23-year-old St. Albert, Alta., native is St. Louis' second consecutive All-Rookie Team selection, following Jake Allen in 2014-15.
FORWARDS (in alphabetical order)
Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
Eichel, the second player selected in the 2015 NHL Draft, ranked second among rookies in goals (24) and points (56) in 81 games. He led all rookies in power-play goals and shots on goal and placed in the top three in game-winning goals (5), assists (32) and power-play points (21). At 19 years, 131 days, Eichel became the youngest player in Sabres history to reach the 20-goal milestone. He became the ninth rookie in Sabres history to reach the 50-point plateau. The North Chelmsford, Mass., native is Buffalo's first All-Rookie Team selection since Jhonas Enroth in 2011-12.
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, ranked fourth among rookies with 16-32-48 despite playing 45 games because of injury. His average of 1.07 points per game led all rookies and placed third in the entire League. McDavid recorded multiple points in 12 of his 45 games, highlighted by a five-point game Feb. 11 vs. TOR (2-3-5). At 19 years, 29 days, he became the ninth-youngest player in NHL history to register a five-point performance (as well as the third rookie in Oilers history to achieve the feat). The Richmond Hill, Ont., native is Edmonton's first All-Rookie Team selection since Justin Schultz in 2012-13.
Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks
Panarin, who signed with the Blackhawks in May 2015, led all rookies in goals (30), assists (47), points (77), power-play goals (t-8), power-play assists (16), power-play points (24) and game-winning goals (7) in 80 games. He became the fourth rookie in Blackhawks history to reach the 30-goal milestone and the first to do so since 1995-96. That included his first career hat trick Feb. 17 at NYR, the first by any Blackhawks rookie since 2002-03. The 24-year-old Korkino, Russia, native is Chicago's first All-Rookie Team selection since Brandon Saad in 2012-13.
2015-16 NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
GP W L OT GAA SV% SO
G John Gibson, ANA 40 21 13 4 2.07 .920 4
GP G A PTS +/- TOI/G
D Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI 64 17 29 46 8 20:05
D Colton Parayko, STL 79 9 24 33 28 19:23
F Jack Eichel, BUF 81 24 32 56 -16 19:07
F Connor McDavid, EDM 45 16 32 48 -1 18:53
F Artemi Panarin, CHI 80 30 47 77 8 18:31