The top 2021-22 NHL rookie cards might be rolling out slowly at the onset, but collectors will get their fill in the long run.
Upper Deck has been particularly impacted by the ongoing supply chain and printing backlog issues due to the pandemic, pushing back release dates well past the normal timeframe.
Where to Find 2021-22 Hockey Rookie Cards
In general, the official hockey rookie cards arrive after a player's NHL debut. This can sometimes take place multiple years after they are drafted. As a result, some names eligible for the Calder Trophy in '21-22 actually have their rookie cards in previous years, including Michael Bunting. To be clear, this guide highlights players with 2021-22 NHL rookie cards.
If you want NHL-licensed cards, the only option is Upper Deck, which holds the exclusive. In addition, Topps produces licensed stickers.
View the 2021-22 hockey cards guide to see all sets that have been formally announced.
Best 2021-22 Hockey Rookie Cards Sets to Collect
Even after months of the regular season, only a few 2021-22 Upper Deck Hockey sets have made it to collectors. The biggest release thus far is 2021-22 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey, home of the very popular Young Guns rookie card line.
There are still many sets on the horizon, including expected favorites 2021-22 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey, 2021-22 SP Authentic Hockey and 2021-22 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey.
Be sure to visit our New Release Calendar to track all the past, present and future NHL releases from the 2021-22 season.
Top 2021-22 NHL Rookie Cards to Collect
Featuring some of the top names available, the players are listed in order by draft year and selection, starting with the most recent.
Of course, it might take some time for the true standouts to emerge.
Quinton Byfield - Los Angeles Kings
2020 NHL Draft: 2nd overall
Lucas Raymond - Detroit Red Wings
2020 NHL Draft: 4th overall
Anton Lundell - Florida Panthers
2020 NHL Draft: 12th overall
Moritz Seider - Detroit Red Wings
2019 NHL Draft: 6th overall
Trevor Zegras - Anaheim Ducks
2019 NHL Draft: 9th overall
Spencer Knight - Florida Panthers
2019 NHL Draft: 12th overall
Cole Caufield - Montreal Canadiens
2019 NHL Draft: 15th overall
Tanner Jeannot - Nashville Predators
NHL Draft: Undrafted
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