NHL Player Rankings: Top 40 Non-Rookie, 21-and-Under Players

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NHL Player Rankings: Top 40 Non-Rookie, 21-and-Under Players
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The top 3 Picks of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft: (from left-right) Jonathan Huberdeau (still rookie eligible), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog

The talent of young NHL players has become scary. Very scary.

In fact, it's borderline petrifying.   

Last season, Stephen Stamkos continued his goal-scoring tear by notching 60 and Erik Karlsson, well, only so many defensemen have surpassed the 70-point mark.

They're also only 22 years old.

Both players had respectable rookie seasons but failed to win the Calder Trophy. Now, they have separated themselves as part of the NHL's best talents.

If any other candidates could make this jump, the following group of 40 should definitely crack the list.

Some of these youngsters can't, legally, consume alcohol in the United States. But they sure can play hockey. 

Here are the 40 best players, aged 21 years and under, who have already passed their rookie eligibility.  

With regards to the ranking system: point totals aren't everything, while potential and skill are highly considered. Current team situations will determine their positions next year and NHL-ready defensemen are given immense credit due to their age.  

(In the spirit of NHL Guidelines, only players to be counted are born on or after September 15th, 1990) 

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