Thursday, August 30, 2007


I was going to put together a list of the top 25 players to watch this year, but after putting it down, the names on the list looked more like a who’s who of the NHL and that wasn’t the angle I was going for. We all know the names of the top players in the league so I saw no reason to just list them. Instead, I decided to take a look around and compile a list of young players that are up and coming or are well on their way to establishing themselves as future superstars in a short period of time. Here is my list (in no particular order) of 25 young NHL players that are poised or have the potential to have strong seasons this year. Unfortunately, I limited the list to 25 so a few players were left off the list and I added a couple of surprises over some more obvious picks. If, for some odd reason, you don’t know much about the names on this list, do yourselves a favor and learn them. I will be keeping an eye on them this year as some of them will continue to progress, some will break out with a monster season and some will level off or disappoint. All the same, they are worth watching as these youngsters gain more ice time, experience and exposure as they climb the ranks of the NHL.

Corey Perry - Ducks
Phil Kessel - Bruins
Drew Stafford - Sabres
Paul Stastny - Avalanche
Wojtek Wolski - Avalanche
Daniel Fritsche – Blue Jackets
Valtteri Filppula – Red Wings
Rostislav Olesz - Panthers
Anze Kopitar - Kings
Alexander Frolov - Kings
Petr Kalus - Wild
Tomas Plekanec - Canadiens
Guillaume Latendresse - Canadiens
Shea Weber - Predators
Zach Parise - Devils
Petr Prucha - Rangers
Anton Volchenkov - Senators
Jordan Staal - Penguins
Rob Scuderi - Penguins
Milan Michalek - Sharks
David Backes - Blues
Lee Stempniak - Blues
Kevin Bieksa - Canucks
Alexander Semin - Capitals

Jeff Schultz - Capitals

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