A fifth-round pick by the Canadiens in the 2010 NHL Draft, Gallagher helped Montreal go from a last-place finish in the Eastern Conference last season to a Northeast Division title and the second seed in the conference. He played in 44 games, ranking second among rookies with 15 goals and fourth with 28 points.
Selected third overall by the Panthers in the 2011 NHL Draft, Huberdeau played in all 48 games for Florida and ranked second both on the team and among NHL rookies with 31 points. Among first-year players, he finished third in goals, fourth in assists and third in shots on goal (112). The 20-year-old Huberdeau set two franchise records, becoming the first Panther to score on two penalty shots in one season and recording the most points by a teenager in team history.
A second-round pick by the Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL Draft, Saad led all rookies with a +17 rating, including a +12 rating on the road, to help Chicago earn its second Presidents' Trophy in team history. He ranked fifth among rookies in each of the three major scoring categories -- goals (10), assists (17) and points (27).
A second-round pick by the Blues in the 2008 NHL Draft, Allen led rookie goaltenders in wins (9), goals-against average (2.46) and save percentage (.905) while ranking second in appearances (15) and minutes (803:53). He won eight of his first nine decisions, including five straight March 7-16, and became the third netminder in league history to win his first NHL start in Detroit.
Selected 10th overall by the Wild in the 2011 NHL Draft, Brodin compiled 11 points and a +3 rating in 45 games to help Minnesota clinch its first postseason berth since 2007-08. He led all rookies in total time on ice (1,044:35) and average time on ice (23:12), becoming just the eighth first-year skater in League history to average more than 23:00 per game.
After playing three seasons at the University of Wisconsin, Schultz signed with the Oilers as a free agent and led first-year defencemen in goals (8), assists (19) and points (27) in 48 games. The 22-year-old also paced all rookies with 11 power-play assists and 15 power-play points, five more than the next-closest player, and tied for first among freshmen skaters with three game-winning goals.