Young NHL Skaters Ready to Break Out Next Season

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Young NHL Skaters Ready to Break Out Next Season
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The 2013 NHL playoffs are underway, but that doesn't mean that it's too early to look forward to the 2014 NHL regular season and which young players could make an impact.

Few things invigorate a fanbase like a possible young star.

These talented and youthful players tend to grow into cornerstones. After all, every NHL All-Star was young once. Go back several years and find a slideshow (article) like this one, and you'll see familiar names like Ryan Getzlaf, Ilya Kovalchuk and Sidney Crosby.

Now, those players are the centerpieces of their respective teams, but it all starts with promise and dedication.

To qualify for this list, a player must currently be in the NHL or at least have some NHL experience. That cuts out the possibility of players such as Ryan Strome making the final cut.

A few of these guys have certainly garnered more attention than others, but all of these players are special for one reason or another and have the talent needed to take steps forward with their respective teams.

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