There is much to be said about the standard and amount of young talent across the NHL these days –there are, in fact, a number of players that could well be said to be emerging superstars. We’ve compiled a list of the 25 best NHL players under the age of 25:
- Connor McDavid
McDavid may well be a legend in the making.
- Auston Matthews
Matthews has played a big part in turning the Leafs from cellar dwellers to playoff contenders.
- Aaron Ekblad
Ekblad is big, at 6”4 and 216 lbs, but skates excellently and proves to be consistent at both ends of the ice.
- Patrik Laine
The Jets drafted Laine for his ability with offense, and they have not been disappointed.
- Aleksander Barkov
He has proven to be an incredibly important Panthers piece.
- Nathan MacKinnon
MacKinnon is an elite talent.
- Jack Eichel
He has played fantastically for the Sabres.
- Mark Scheifele
Although he is certainly not the most flamboyant player, he is one of the strongest.
- Johnny Gaudreau
Gaudreau managed to become an All-Star in rookie year and finished off as a Calder finalist.
- Leon Draisaitl
Draisaitl has transformed into one of the team’s superior young forwards.
- David Pastrnak
Pastrnak really filled out this past summer, and the extra weight has made a huge difference.
- Nikita Kucherov
Kucherov has been a demon, managing to finish with 60+ points in each of the last 3 seasons.
- Seth Jones
This 22-year-old seems to be coming into his element as one of the finest defensemen in the NHL, and Australian sports betting and that available worldwide, reflects that.
- Matt Murray
This net minder has been exceptional throughout his 1st full season, has a genuine shot to win the Calder as the best rookie for the league.
- Filip Forsberg
Forsberg has a wonderful scoring touch, and will do extremely well at putting the puck in the net.
- Jonathan Huberdeau
Huberdeau is a key player for the Panthers.
- Zach Werenski
This 19-year old player burst onto the scene as an excellent offensive defenseman in his 1st NHL season.
- Brandon Saad
One is forgiven for forgetting that Saad is not yet 25, since he’s been around for some years now, and has 2 Stanley Cups under his belt.
- Nikolaj Ehlers
The winger from Denmark displays prodigious talent.
- Ryan Johansen
Johansen is on the top line of the excellent Predators lineup.
- Rasmus Ristolainen
The 22-year old player from Finland now forms a vital part of the Sabres.
- Jonathan Drouin
Drouin is only 21-years old, but has an arsenal of skills that make him nightmarish to face on the ice.
- John Gibson
Anaheim has certainly been rewarded for pinning their hopes on Gibson for the starting goaltender job.
- Sean Monahan
Monahan, at 22-years of age, may not have the most awesome skill-set, but he is a sound and responsible player, no matter which side of the puck he happens to be on.
- Dougie Hamilton
Dougie Hamilton is best known for his offensive abilities, and rightly so.