The NHL boasts a number of young players that are truly slated for memorable careers. In fact, these young guns are playing brilliantly, and many feel their futures are nothing but rosy and bright. As part of our popular Tuesday Trickshots column, let’s take a look at some of the NHL’s players that are making an impact across the League.
At just 21 years of age, Connor McDavid is the center and Captain of the Edmonton Oilers. McDavid had an extensive minor and junior league hockey career – before being drafted by Oilers in 2015. McDavid also won the prestigious Art Ross Trophy in his second season in the NHL. As the youngest captain in the League, let’s take a look at McDavid in action!
At just 20 years of age, Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs is also someone to keep an eye on. The American-born center played for the U.S. National U-18 Team in the USHL. He was also considered the top prospect of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft – and was picked up the Leafs. In his League debut, he became the first player ever to score four goals. He also scored 40 goals in his first season and won the prestigious Calder Memorial Trophyas the top NHL rookie as well. Here’s a video of Auston at work!
At 24 years of age, Nikita Kucherov is a top right-winger for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kucherov previously played for CSKA Moscow of the KHL, as well as major junior-hockey for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL. Known for this superb offensive and defensive skills, Kucherov is continuing to play great hockey in the NHL. Take a look at this video highlighting his career so far.
At age 19, Patrick Laine of the Winnipeg Jets is definitely one of the top young guns in the League. He formerly played in his native Finland with Tappara of the Finnish Liiga. Laine was then drafted by the Jets in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Known as “The Sniper”, the right-winger started playing hockey at just four years old. He also played several positions, including forward and goalie as well. Take a look at Laine in action.
Zach Werenski is a 20-year-old hockey sensation with the Blue Jackets. The American-born defenseman was drafted eighth overall by Columbus in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Here’s a video of this young lion in action.
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