Rookie Rankings: Saad closing on No. 1

March, 26, 2013
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Sonier By Grant Sonier
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The pressures of winning in the NHL get greater and greater as the regular season begins to wind down and the playoff crunch begins. The recent firing of Tampa Bay Lightning bench boss Guy Boucher is evidence of that. A number of this season's top rookies seem to be handling the pressure just fine, led by undersized forward Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens, who continues to lead the rookie rankings. But he hasn't pulled away from the pack.

Here's a look at how things shape up this week (statistics are through Sunday, March 24).

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26