The NHL has many exciting young players in the league that are already making massive impacts for their respective teams. Here is my list of the top players under the age of 25.
1. Connor McDavid
Connor McDavid, undoubtedly the most talented player to get drafted since Crosby. McDavid was the number 1 overall pick in 2015 and has notched 256 points in 209 games, that’s 1.22 points per game. Last season he was named the youngest captain in Edmonton Oiler history. McDavid is going to be an all-time great.
2. Auston Matthews
Auston Matthews slots into the number 2 spot, his impressive rookie campaign led his team into the playoffs and won himself the Calder Memorial Trophy which is given to the best rookie in the league. In his two seasons in the league Matthews has played 144 games and netted 132 points. His puck play and ability to turn nothing into something is the reason he is number 2 on this list.
3. David Pastrnak
David Pastrnak makes the list at number three due to his breakout season this year and his playoff contributions for the Bruins. Drafted in 2014 Pastrnak has been contributing his entire career, putting up a total of 203 points in 254 games. The real impressive play came in this year’s playoffs, in which Pasta had 20 points in 12 games which helped the Bruins make it to the second round where they lost to the red-hot Lightning.
4. Nathan Mackinnon
Nathan Mackinnon has had an under the radar career due to the fact the Colorado Avalanche as an organization could not win a playoff series if their lives depended on it. Selected number one overall in 2013 Mackinnon won the Calder that year. In his 374 career games Mackinnon has put up 303 points and was on the verge of 100 point season but due to injuries, he fell 3 points short. In 2016 Mackinnon as well as Matthews and McDavid were selected to play on Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey.
5. Jack Eichel
Eichel was the 2nd overall pick in 2015, the same draft that saw McDavid go 1st overall. Eichel has had a nice career in Buffalo notching 177 points in 209 games. The Sabers haven’t been anything but a joke in recent years. Eichel has sparked the team which now includes Rasmus Dahlin and other notable players such as Jeff Skinner and Casey Mittelstadt. This year may be the year the Sabers turn it around.