A couple of days ago, we had the pleasure of watching the first live NHL game ever on television.
It was an impressive experience.
There were plenty of surprises, but the highlights were the two Leafs rookies in net and the young defenceman in goal.
We got to see what all the fuss was about when they got to face off against each other.
Here are our top 5 Leafs rookies and how they compare to the other teams in the NHL:1.
Daniel Winnik, LW, Niagara IceDucks: The IceDuck got off to a great start in the early going, but it was a slow start that was quickly erased by a late-game goal by Ryan Reaves.
The IceEagles came back and held on for a 4-3 win.2.
Daniel Frolik, C, Oshawa Generals: Froliks first start in net came in the third period against the Hamilton Bulldogs, when he stopped 21 of 25 shots on the way to the win.
The next night, he made 24 saves on 33 shots against the Barrie Colts.3.
Nikita Scherbak, LW/C, Mississauga Steelheads: It was a rough start to the season for Scherbaks first game in the Steelheads crease.
He stopped 27 of 31 shots in a 4:5 loss to the Hamilton Tigers, but bounced back in the second period and stopped just four of the Tigers 30 shots.
The Steelheads ended up winning 4-2.4.
James Neal, C/LW, Kingston Frontenacs: Neal made 32 saves in a 2-0 win over the Barracuda, but his biggest contribution came in his own zone, where he stopped the opposing team from taking the lead six times.
His save percentage was .9220.127.116.11.
Dylan Strome, C-LW/RW, Sarnia Sting: Strome went 4-0-0 with two goals and four assists in four games.
His two goals came in a 5-2 loss to Niagara.
The Sting lost 3-2, but he finished the season with two points (one goal, two assists).8.
Connor Carrick, C (OHL), London Knights: The London Knights had a tough time stopping the Buffalo Sabres offense and ended up losing 4-1.
However, Carrick was excellent, stopping 24 of 29 shots in an eventual 4-4 shootout win.9.
Tyler Bozak, C(WHL), Everett Silvertips: Bozaks first start came in overtime against the Prince George Cougars, when the Silvertip goaltender stopped all 12 shots he faced.
His game-winner came in that game as well.10.
Niklas Backstrom, C & D, Kelowna Rockets: Backstrom started the season hot with two goal and an assist in four starts.
He finished the year with just three points (two goals, one assist) and a minus-four rating.11.
Lawson Crouse, D, Medicine Hat Tigers: Crouse finished the regular season with 16 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 34 games.
He then picked up four points (three goals, two assist) in eight games in the WHL playoffs.12.
Christian Thomas, LW (WHL) & LW (USHL), Mississauga Sting: Thomas led the Sting with six points (four goals, three assists) and finished the WHS season with 18 points (nine goals, 15 assists).13.
Tyler Parsons, D (WCHA), USNTDP: Parsons led the USNTD with a plus-11 rating and posted a plus/minus rating of plus-10.14.
Brendan Leipsic, LW & RW, Regina Pats: The Pats were dominant in a 6-2 win over Boston University, where Leipsie scored his first goal of the season, which was assisted by Alex DeBrincat.
Leipsiies first goal came in relief of DeBrcati, who was suspended for his role in a brawl with an opposing player.15.
Ryan Suter, D/RW (WCHL), Minnesota Wild: Suter was fantastic in a 7-2 victory over the Ottawa 67’s, where the speedy winger had a goal and two assists.16.
Michael Del Zotto, D-RW, St. Louis Blues: Del Zottos first goal was his first in a St.
Louis Blues sweater, and he finished with a goal, three points and a plus rating.
He has two goals in five games with St.
Jakub Voracek, LW(WSH), Detroit Red Wings: Voraceks first goal and assist came in Detroit’s 4-5 overtime loss to Syracuse, where it was the first time the Red Wings had scored two goals at the same time