Ranking the Best NHL Players Still on Entry-Level Deals

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Ranking the Best NHL Players Still on Entry-Level Deals
Karl B DeBlaker/Associated Press

What makes a great young NHL player? The usual list includes speed or size, puck-handling and shooting skills, intelligence, an ability to listen and learn, and a work ethic. For some, all may apply.

The NHL is full of talented young players whose names will eventually be of the hockey household variety. Championship teams are built on youth, and in the salary cap era, having key players on entry-level deals is critical. 

Click ahead for a look at the brightest young stars still in the first three years of their careers.

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