Depth wins Stanley Cups in the NHL, but few teams can go the distance without a little bit of star power. Where would the Pittsburgh Penguins be without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin? Or the Washington Capitals without Alexander Ovechkin?
Do the Chicago Blackhawks return to relevancy without the emergence of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane? Probably not.
Drafting and keeping your own top players is more important than ever in today's NHL. The days of being able to add a top-end player every other summer via free agency are gone, and building from within is clearly the best way to build a championship team.
Considering that, which young player in each system has the best chance to emerge as a star at the NHL level?
For the purposes of this slideshow, a star is a player who could eventually make the All-Star team, win personal NHL trophies and play important minutes for his team.
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