Top NHL Prospects Not Living Up to Expectations Early in Junior Hockey Season

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Top NHL Prospects Not Living Up to Expectations Early in Junior Hockey Season
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Tampa Bay Lightning Prospect Jonathan Drouin

It's been a good year for rookies at the NHL level. 

The under-20s are making an impact, playing meaningful minutes and making it tough for general managers to send them back to their junior squads.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the Calgary Flames' 2013 first-rounder Sean Monahan would be staying in the big leagues for the full season. The same is expected for other top picks Nathan MacKinnon, Aleksander Barkov and Seth Jones. 

Tomas Hertl has made the greatest early impact from the class of 2012.

For the players from the last two drafts who are spending the year in junior, NHL general managers are hoping to see the top prospects put up great numbers, contribute to the success of their teams, show leadership and, above all, stay healthy.

Here's a look at five high picks from the last two years who have not yet matched the achievements of their draft-day peers already in the NHL.

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