Since the implementation of the salary cap in 2005, there has been an increased importance placed on young players who are able to produce outstanding results within their first full year or two in the NHL. A guy who produces 40 or 50 points while being paid a minimal entry-level salary can put a team over the top en route to a Stanley Cup.
The Chicago Blackhawks had Brandon Saad this season. In 2012, the emergence of Slava Voynov and Alec Martinez gave the Los Angeles Kings two indomitable top-six defensemen. Tyler Seguin gave the Boston Bruins a spark when he was inserted into the lineup in 2011.
Young players who are able to step in and produce points are crucial when it comes to taking runs at the Stanley Cup in today's NHL.
Poised and ready to make an impact are several outstanding goal-scoring prospects.
For the sake of this slideshow, any player who has played in more than 25 NHL games is no longer considered a prospect and is not eligible for this list.
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