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Top 5 NHL Sophomores in 2014-2015

By Sean Fitzgerald
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There is a great myth around rookies who enjoy early success. The myth is that successful rookies will endure a sophomore slump. This article is listing off five players that will not have a sophomore slump but instead have an even better sophomore season in the NHL.

Here are the rankings:

Apr 21, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars right wing

Valeri Nichushkin

(43) skates against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Nichushkin scores a goal in the second period. The Stars shut out the Ducks 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

5. Valeri Nichushkin-Right Wing Dallas Stars- Nichushkin is a huge forward at 6’4 and a powerful skater. Scouts raved about his elite offensive skill set. It showed in his first season, he showed off his offensive prowess. In 79 games he recorded 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points. The best number on the Nichushkin was a +20 plus minus rating. The expectation is that next season with the addition of Jason Spezza to the Stars offensive firepower. Everyone’s numbers should increase.

Apr 27, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller (1) takes the place of goalie Frederik Andersen (not pictured) during the second period against the Dallas Stars in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

4. Frederik Andersen-Goalie Anaheim Ducks- Andersen was amazing for the Ducks over a 28 game stretch. Andersen had a great track record in the AHL and SHL before coming to the NHL. Andersen posted a1.67 goals against average with a .941 save percentage in the SEL with the Frolunda HC. With the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL he posted 2.19 goals against average and .929 save percentage. During his amazing run with the Ducks last season, Anderson posted a2.29 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. The Ducks were so confident in Anderson that they let Jonas Hiller walk away as a free agent. Andersen paired with John Gibson could make an awesome pair for the Ducks. Anderson led all goalies with a record of 20-5.