I believe the argument could be made that Brenden Dillon should have been named to the NHL All-Rookie team. Without a doubt Dillon has been solid on the blue line this past season for the Stars, Brenden would play in all 48 games (lockout year) scoring 3 goals 5 assists and would finish a +1. Now obliviously based only on the scoring stats, there are better rookie defensemen in the NHL, but Brenden brings his physical style of play along with the occasional scrap or two. I like to think also had this not been a lockout season, Dillon's offensive numbers would have been greater. The Dallas Stars have a good young defensemen in Brenden Dillon, which I see him only getting better. Below is the press release from the NHL, as well as a quick video of Brenden getting his first Gordie Howe hattrick.

 

NHL ANNOUNCES 2012-13 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

NEW YORK (June 29, 2013) -- The National Hockey League today announced the

2012-13 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players named as finalists for the Calder

Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal

Canadiens, Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers and Brandon Saad of the Chicago

Blackhawks.

Also named to the All-Rookie Team are goaltender Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues and

defensemen Jonas Brodin of the Minnesota Wild and Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers.

Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the

regular season. Following is a summary of each NHL All-Rookie Team member’s outstanding

season:

GOALTENDER

Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues

A second-round pick (34th overall) 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 (Damian Rhodes, 1991; Rastislav Stana, 2004). Allen, 22, made a

career-high 39 saves March 12 versus San Jose (the most by any St. Louis goaltender this

season) and posted his first career shutout March 14 against Phoenix (28 saves).

DEFENSEMEN (in alphabetical order)

Jonas Brodin, Minnesota Wild

Selected 10th overall by the Wild in the 2011 NHL Draft, Brodin compiled 2-9--11 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. Brodin, 19, also

recorded 18 takeaways (first among freshmen blueliners) and 60 blocked shots (fourth among

all rookies) as the youngest defenseman in the NHL this season.

Justin Schultz, Edmonton Oilers

After playing three seasons at the University of Wisconsin, Schultz signed with the Oilers

as a free agent and led first-year defensemen 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. Among rookies, Schultz ranked second in total time on ice (1,029:35),

third in average time on ice (21:26) and first in average power-play time on ice (3:12).

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FORWARDS (in alphabetical order)

Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens

A fifth-round pick (147th overall) by the Canadiens in the 2010 NHL Draft, Gallagher

helped Montreal go from a last-place finish in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12 to a Northeast

Division title and the second seed in the conference in 2012-13. He played in 44 games, ranking

second among rookies with 15 goals and fourth with 28 points. Gallagher, 21, also finished in

the top five among freshmen skaters in shots on goal (second, 117), plus/minus (fifth, +10) and

game-winning goals (t-first, 3).

Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers

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

(14-17--31). Among first-year players, he finished third in goals, fourth in assists and third in

shots on goal (112). His 16:55 average time on ice also led rookie forwards, while his nine

power-play points (2-7--9) placed fourth among all freshmen skaters. The 20-year-old

Huberdeau set two franchise records, becoming the first Panther to score on two penalty shots

in one season (Feb. 21 at Philadelphia and March 5 vs. Carolina) and recording the most points

by a teenager in team history (four more than Radek Dvorak in 1995-96).

Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks

A second-round pick (43rd overall) 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). Saad, 20, also placed third among

freshmen forwards in average time on ice (16:27) and fourth among all first-year skaters in

shots on goal (98) in 46 games.

2012-13 NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

GP W L OT GAA SV% SO

G Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues 15 9 4 0 2.46 .905 1

GP TOI/G G A PTS

D Jonas Brodin, Minnesota Wild 45 23:12 2 9 11

D Justin Schultz, Edmonton Oilers 48 21:26 8 19 27

F Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens 44 13:51 15 13 28

F Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers 48 16:55 14 17 31

F Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks 46 16:27 10 17 27