There is nothing perhaps more encouraging to fans of struggling teams than to see a rookie D-Man come up and put up big numbers right out of the gate. I speak of course, not just about goals and assists – in this case I refer to good possession #s (Corsi, Fenwick, and the relative versions thereabout). Fans of the Oilers (Marincin), Leafs (Rielly), Isles (de Haan, Donovan), etc, all seem to have higher hopes than they might’ve otherwise due to how well their rookie D has performed. After all, a top pair D Man (under control for cheap for years to come) can have such a great impact and they are extremely hard to find on the free market (or trade market).
But can these standout rookie D keep up their great performances? After all, we always hear about the so-called “sophomore slump” and it’s not like players disappointing after great rookie years is that uncommon. How certain can we be about the futures of rookie D-Men who come up and right away show strong possession #s? Let’s see how similar rookie D the last few years did.