So you want to be a superstar in the NHL, do you?
Well it takes more than a few Upper Deck trading cards and some promise to carve out that kind of space for yourself in what is perhaps the most "what have you done for me lately" professional sports league in existence.
Sure, becoming a perennial All-Star takes some flair, but to become a household name requires a different skill set all together.
It takes elite levels of talent—whether it's incredible skating capabilities, an outstanding shot, untouchable hockey sense or any combination of the three—players like Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin just have a little something extra that puts them over the top.
So the question is this: Who among the young players in the NHL right now has what it takes to achieve that level of stardom?
There are a few rules in play of course.
Just for the sake of this discussion, we're not going to include players that haven't even made it to the NHL yet. Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones and Evgeny Kuznetsov could all be great players, but that's a tough call to make considering we've never witnessed them in action in the best professional hockey league in the world.
We're also going to implement a three-year limit on this list. Players with more than three seasons worth of games under their belts can't make it here.
Level of dominance at the junior level was mildly taken into consideration, but we're looking for the guys that really stand out on a sheet of NHL ice despite their lack of age and experience. The opportunity to succeed was also a major factor.
Players can flex all they want out on the ice, but it doesn't do any good if the team they play for doesn't have a spot open within the top-six forwards, top-four defenders or in goal.
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