Rookie Watch: Faber, Levi among 1st-year players benefitting from past trades

This article highlights the impact of several rookies in the NHL and focuses on five rookies who have benefitted from past trades.


Ty Emberson, D, San Jose Sharks

Ty Emberson, a defenseman for the San Jose Sharks, has been playing well despite being injured. He is currently tied for seventh among rookie defensemen with nine assists and has 10 points in 30 games. Before his injury, he was averaging 18:33 of ice time. Emberson also ranks second among first-year defensemen in hits and ninth in blocked shots. He was traded to the Sharks from the New York Rangers in 2022.

Despite missing games due to injuries, Emberson has made a strong impression on his team. San Jose coach David Quinn praised his playing style, noting that he plays hard, finishes his checks, and can make an effective outlet pass.

Overall, Emberson has shown his skills both offensively and defensively, making him a valuable asset to the Sharks' roster.

Brock Faber, D, Minnesota Wild

Brock Faber, a defenseman for the Minnesota Wild, has been a linchpin on the team's blue line. He leads all NHL rookies with 30 assists and ranks second with 34 points. Faber was acquired by the Wild from the Los Angeles Kings in a trade that also involved a first-round pick.

General manager Bill Guerin believes that Faber is a top contender for the Calder Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's rookie of the year. Guerin praised Faber's confidence, professionalism, and overall skills, stating that he has the 'it factor' and is a star in many ways.

Faber has also showcased his defensive abilities, leading all rookies in blocked shots and recording a significant number of hits. His contributions have been vital to the Wild's success this season.

Michael Kesselring, D, Arizona Coyotes

Michael Kesselring, a defenseman for the Arizona Coyotes, has been a standout among rookie defensemen. He ranks fifth in hits and tied for 18th in blocked shots. Kesselring was acquired by the Coyotes from the Edmonton Oilers in a trade that involved forward Nick Bjugstad and defenseman Cam Dineen.

Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny praised Kesselring's size and ability to make plays with the puck. Despite being a rookie, Kesselring has shown great potential and has become an important part of the Coyotes' defensive lineup.

With his physicality and offensive skills, Kesselring has made a significant impact on the ice and has the potential for a bright future in the NHL.


Devon Levi, G, Buffalo Sabres

Devon Levi, a goalie for the Buffalo Sabres, has been developing his skills in the AHL. Although he has spent most of the season in the AHL, Levi has also played several games with the Sabres. He has shown promise with a 3.30 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 20 NHL games.

Levi was acquired by the Sabres from the Florida Panthers in a trade that involved forward Sam Reinhart. Before joining the Sabres, Levi had an impressive college career and was recognized as the top goalie in men's college hockey.

While Levi's NHL experience is still limited, he has already showcased his talent and potential. With his strong performances, Levi is proving to be a valuable asset to the Sabres' organization.