NHL fans currently recognize players like Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and other assorted superstars, but they were once hockey prospects waiting to make an impact in the big leagues.
While some prospects are in the NHL right after being drafted, others take some time developing their craft in the AHL, NCAA, Europe or other assorted leagues across the globe.
The 2013 NHL draft will include some amazing prospects, but there are already some exciting prospects on NHL teams and others who fans can't wait to see.
Here are examples of some of these prospects, including some who are already exciting fans with their play in the NHL.
*Hockey's Future is widely considered as an authority on prospects, so for the purpose of this article, prospects will abide by the established guideline for eligibility.