Picking the Next Breed of Stars the NHL Can Build Around

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Picking the Next Breed of Stars the NHL Can Build Around
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American-born Max Pacioretty has the skills to lead the Canadiens back to the postseason.

When looking for the next breed of stars in the NHL, the league has to be mindful of more than a player's talent and production on the ice.

The humble, young player who hails from the Canadian prairie may have made for a nice story in the print world of newspapers a generation or two ago, but in the current information age, you want a player who has personality and is not afraid to put himself out there in the twitterverse so he can let the world know what's going on in his life.

But a player must have the game to go with the personality and lifestyle. If the young stars can make the most of their talent, they have a chance to join current stars like Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, and Henrik Lundqvist at the top of the league's marketability list.

Here's a look at 10 young players who have the necessary ingredients to become the NHL's next breed of stars.

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