Few things will invigorate the fan base of an NHL team quite like the arrival of a highly touted prospect.
There's usually a year or two of development after a player is drafted, giving diehards all the time in the world to watch highlight compilations on YouTube and to read everything they can get their hands on about their favorite team's top prospects.
By the time the youngster is ready to make their NHL debut, pages upon pages will have been written about him, he will have been drafted into dynasty fantasy hockey systems and already played at least a handful of games within the latest installment of the NHL's video game franchise.
All of this leads to great expectations, and the prospect of having those expectations met is one of the most exciting feelings one can have as an NHL fan.
How awesome did the St. Louis Blues faithful feel when Vladimir Tarasenko finally made his NHL debut and scorched the Detroit Red Wings to open the season? How great was it for fans of the Minnesota Wild to see Jonas Brodin end up on the top pairing with Ryan Suter and thrive there?
And more importantly, who are the kids who have yet to make their debuts that could give fans similar lifts?
For the sake of this slideshow, a prospect is someone who has played zero games in the NHL. We also limited the number of kids from the 2013 draft to three, as to make some space for guys who are likely much closer to making their NHL debuts.
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