Here are the winners of the Lou Kaplan Trophy as the WHA Rookie of the Year.
1972-73 - Terry Caffey - NE Whalers
1973-74 - Mark Howe - Houston Aeros
1974-75 - Anders Hedberg - Winnipeg Jets
1975-76 - Mark Napier - Toronto Toros
1976-77 - George Lyle - NE Whalers
1977-78 - Kent Nilsson - Winnipeg Jets
1978-79 - Wayne Gretzky (Ind/Edm)