Sidney Crosby, Henrik Lundqvist and Alex Ovechkin all broke into the NHL on the heels of a season-long lockout in 2005. As plain as their impact has been since their respective debuts, the fact that their careers began in the latter half of the 2000s means they were too late to make the decade definitively theirs.
With that said, the 2010s are wide open not only to the three members of that distinguished 2005-06 rookie class, but also other elite players who stepped into The Show late in the last decade or even at the start of this one.
The 2010s will be the 10th full-length decade in the history of the NHL, which began in the 1917-18 season. Whoever plays for the majority of this decade and, in so doing, sets himself apart from his peers will thus join these nine other players in a historical pantheon.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics and award information for this slideshow were found via Hockey-Reference.com.