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Top 23 Hockey Players Under 23.

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Recently, I have been trying to re-build my fantasy hockey team, but have found limited resources. For baseball, I usually rely on Project Prospect, which wonderfully outlines all of the top talent in the Majors. Please visit the site for in-depth analysis on the game’s future. I will attempt to build a similar list as their Top 25 Under 25, except for hockey.

As opposed to Project Prospect, who uses the age of 25, I will use 23. The reason being is because hockey is a younger sport. While baseball players tend to break out around 27, hockey players usually do at 24-25. Therefore, I am providing you a list with guys who have not reached their prime yet, but will in the next 1-3 seasons.

Capiche? Here we go…

1. Evgeni Malkin PIT 22 Sometimes is invincible on the ice; but is still very productive.
2. Sidney Crosby PIT 21 Production has slipped a little bit this season, but is still among the best.
3. Nicklas Backstrom WSH 21 Great playmaker, playing with the best player in the world, hopefully long term.
4. Jonathan Toews CHI 21 Best young leader in the game. Has stepped up with Kane slowing down.
5. Patrick Kane CHI 20 Post All-Star break has not been great, but still among the top young snipers
6. Steve Mason CLB 20 Calder Trophy is his to win. Leading the league in shutouts. Unbelievable.
7. Anze Kopitar LAK 21 Very under-rated playing in California, but he is a legit stud.
8. John Tavares OHL 18 Consensus #1 pick in the draft. Will be a difference maker for any team (Isles)
9. Steven Stamkos TB 19 Shaken off the cobwebs and proven why he was #1 in post All Star break.
10 Claude Giroux PHI 21 He has been given minutes, and is showing everyone his potential.
11. Phil Kessel BOS 21 Coming into his own in his 3rd full season. 40 goals is not far-fetched in 09-10.
12. Kyle Okposo NYI 22 Justifying comparisons to Iginla. Would be a great fit w/ Tavares.
13. Bobby Ryan ANA 22 Justifying being drafted right behind Sidney Crosby in 2005.
14. Carey Price MON 21 Has struggled this season, but is still among the game’s best goalies.
15. Sam Gagner EDM 19 Battled through sophomore slump, but started lighting it up in the 2nd half.
16. Bryan Little ATL 21 Under-rated because of he plays in ATL. Legit sniper with great hands.
17. Devin Setoguchi SJ 22 Consistently scored with Thornton in the 1st half and off his line in the 2nd half.
18. Kyle Turris PHO 19 Struggled through his 1st NHL season. Still only 19, has a great future.
19. Derick Brassard CLB 21 Calder Trophy leader before he got hurt. Point per game talent.
20. TJ Oshie StL 22 Fan favorite not only scores, but hits. Great talent in a really good system.
21. Patrik Berglund StL 20 A sure bet for a point per game future. Will emerge as Blues’ leader.
22. Nikita Filatov CLB 18 Tearing up the AHL, and will be the next great Russian player. Only 18.
23. Peter Mueller PHO 21 Sophomore slump hit him the hard. Points and TOI are half of last season.
Honorable Mention
Michael Frolik FLA 21
Jordan Staal PIT 20 Only 20 and finishing up his 3rd NHL season. Needs to be on a scoring line.
Jakub Voracek CLB 19 How good is CLB going to be in 2-3 years. My favorite young player in a great system.
Cody Hodgson VAN 19 Future captain and consistent scorer.
Mikkel Boedker PHO 19
James van Riemsdyk PHI 19
Mikael Backlund CGY 20

Written by Salami-Cheese

April 5, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Posted in Baseball, Fantasy

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  1. […] first part of the series was done at the end of last season. This list will be updated at the end of every […]

  2. agree? disagree?
    who should be higher/lower?


    April 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm

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