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Kraken beignets, power of sabers and 12 rookies to watch this season

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The Buffalo Sabers, Ottawa Senators and Seattle Kraken each could have up to two rookies in their lineups, a year of talent hoping to make an impact when the 2022-23 season begins October 7. Leading a group of eye players.

Here are the 12 newcomers to watch (listed alphabetically):

Matty BeniersF, Seattle Kraken

No. 2 pick in 2021 NHL Draft

The first player to be drafted by the Kraken, the 19-year-old was named the 2022 IIHF World Junior Champion in December after scoring 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) in 37 games as a sophomore at the University of Michigan. I played for the US national team for Shipp. And the 2022 Beijing Olympics in February. He made his NHL debut on April 12, scoring 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 10 games. Benier (6 ft 2, 175 lbs) brings a strong two-way competitive game. He can complement the players and drive the line while pushing the pace.

William EklandF, San Jose Sharks

No. 7 pick in 2021 NHL Draft

Eklund, who turns 20 on October 12, started for the Sharks last season and had four assists in nine games. He then returned to Sweden, where he scored 14 points (1 goal, 13 assists) in his 29 hockey games for Yule Gardens in his league. San Jose needs an attack, and Eklund (5-11, 181 wins) could be the player to provide it.

Alexander HoltzF, New Jersey Devils

No. 7 pick in 2020 NHL Draft

Holtz is a pure goalscorer who can play a tough, intelligent game. The 20-year-old right winger (6-0, 195) is an effective playmaker and a strong contender for a top-six role while gaining plenty of time on power plays. Last season, he scored 51 points (26 goals and 25 assists) in 52 games for Utica in the American Hockey League and two assists in nine games for New Jersey.

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Kent JohnsonF, Columbus Blue Jacket

No. 5 pick in 2021 NHL Draft

The 19-year-old can play on the wing or center. At the 2022 Beijing Olympics, he scored 5 goals (1 goal, 4 assists) in 5 games for Canada, and at the 2022 IIHF World Championships, he scored 7 goals (4 goals, 3 assists) and 9 goals (3 goals, 3 assists) in 10 games. He has six assists in seven games that help Canada win the 2022 Worlds (his juniors in August). In a brief stint with the Blues after completing his sophomore season at the University of Michigan, Johnson (6-1, 167 lbs) has shown great playmaking and ability to create offensive chances.

Mason McTavishF, Anaheim Ducks

No. 3 pick in 2021 NHL Draft

The 19-year-old (6-0, 213) won the 2022 World Junior Most Valuables award in August after leading the tournament with eight goals and 17 points in seven games and helping Canada win the gold medal. Chosen by a player. McTavish could be a complementary piece of power play Trevor Zeglasrepresented his country at the 2022 Olympics and scored 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) in 24 regular season games and 29 points (16 goals, 26 assists) in 19 playoff games for the Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton. 13 assists).

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Jack QuinnF, Buffalo Sabers

No. 8 pick in 2020 NHL Draft

Quinn (6-0, 185) made his NHL debut last season and looks ready to start this season with the Sabers. The 21-year-old, who played for Rochester and won the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award as his league’s Rookie of the Year in American hockey, missed a game due to a lower body injury and mononucleosis. Despite this, the AHL All-Rookie earned a spot on his team. “He doesn’t hold back from the hard work it takes to be a great player,” Rochester manager Seth Apert said.

owen powerD, Buffalo Sabers

#1 pick in 2021 NHL Draft

Power (6-6, 213) scored 32 points (3 goals, 29 assists) in 33 games last season as a sophomore at the University of Michigan, averaging about 1.00 points per game. The 19-year-old got his NHL taste by joining the Sabers near the end of the season and displayed a poise far beyond his age.The Prospects of Defense Based on Might and Might Rasmus DarlingThe No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the 22-year-old is sure to excite Buffalo fans.

Shane PintoF, Ottawa Senator

No. 32 pick in 2019 NHL Draft

A good interactive player, the playmaking center’s health is the only potential obstacle to getting enough ice time with the Senators. The 21-year-old (6-2, 192 wins) missed most of his 2021-22 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in November, limiting him to just five games (one assist) in Ottawa. rice field. He tallied his 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in his 28 games with North Dakota and was a finalist for the 2021 Hobby Baker Awards as the top NCAA Division I player. Senator coach DJ Smith said Pinto is an under-the-radar player who can make a big impact.

Marco RossiF, Minnesota Wild

No. 9 pick in 2020 NHL Draft

Rossi, who turned 21 on September 23 (5-9, 182), spent most of his first season in North America with Iowa (AHL), scoring 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists) in 63 appearances. was recorded. Considered a top prospect in the Minnesota pipeline, he played his two games with the Wild last season and failed to score a point. He missed most of 2019-20 due to COVID-19 and was diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, after reporting to Wild Training Camp in early January. He attended the Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase.

Jake SandersonD, Ottawa Senator

No. 5 pick in 2020 NHL Draft

The 20-year-old left-shot defense has recovered from a nagging hand injury that hampered his NHL debut last season. Sanderson, 6-2, 185, missed the on-ice sessions when the Senators held development camp July 11-14, but he attended full training during camp. doing. He had two hand surgeries in his 2022. His appearances in North Dakota were limited to his 23 games last season, but he was one of only two players on his team to average over 1.00 points per game. I was alone. 23 games.

Yurai SlavkovskyF, Montreal Canadiens

#1 pick in 2022 NHL Draft

Slavkowski (6-3, 238) is expected to play a Top 6 role for the rebuilding Canadiens. He has scored 10 goals (5 goals and 5 assists) in his 31 appearances in his TPS in Liga, Finland’s top professional men’s league. The 18-year-old has scored seven goals in seven matches for Slovakia and was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2022 Olympics. Slovakia won the bronze medal as his first Olympic men’s hockey medal. He scored 9 points (3 goals and 6 assists) for Slovakia at his 2022 World Championships held in May.

Shane WrightF, Seattle Kraken

No. 4 pick in 2022 NHL Draft

Wright (6-0, 185), who scored 94 points (32 goals, 62 assists) in 63 appearances for Kingston (OHL) last season, wants to prove the critics wrong. A right-handed shot, he was predicted to be the No. 1 pick in the 2022 draft, but fell to Seattle instead. Kraken sees many similarities between Wright and general manager Ron Francis, a Hockey Hall of Fame center and his No. 4 pick in his 1981 NHL draft by the Hartford Whalers. I’m here.