Sergei Bobrovsky ascends to top rookie

Updated: December 1, 2010, 8:12 AM ET
By E.J. Hradek

Two months in, this is proving to be a very deep, competitive class of freshmen. I don't see mega-stars; but there are a bunch of very good hockey players. To be honest, I'm finding it very tough to separate them from one another. In the end, I'm trying to weigh the impact they're having on their team's success on a night-to-night basis. As always, I suspect there'll be room for debate.

Here are my top five in the Calder Watch ranking as December opens.