Every hockey season brings with it a sense of hope and optimism, the promise of what might be done with a clean sheet of ice.

This is never more true than when it comes to rookies, getting their first chance to shine in the NHL. No matter how highly-touted, there comes a time when new NHLers need to show what they can do when they play with the big boys.

All that home and promise does come with risk when it comes to projection. Rookies have not yet established their place in the pecking order, so they can be moved up and down the depth chart much more easily.