Top 23 Under 23: 2009-2010 Preseason Update
Recently, I have been trying to re-build my fantasy hockey team, but have found limited resources. For baseball, I usually rely on Project Prospect, which wonderfully outlines all of the top talent in the Majors. Please visit the site for in-depth analysis on the game’s future. I will attempt to build a similar list as their Top 25 Under 25, except for hockey.
As opposed to Project Prospect, who uses the age of 25, I will use 23. The reason being is because hockey is a younger sport. While baseball players tend to break out around 27, hockey players usually do at 24-25. Therefore, I am providing you a list with guys who have not reached their prime yet, but will in the next 1-3 seasons.
Graduated: Evgeni Malkin (1)
|1. Sidney Crosby||2||PIT||22||Top 3 player in the game.|
|2. Nicklas Backstrom||3||WSH||21||AO helps, but still one of the best playmakers|
|3. Jonathan Toews||4||CHI||22||Destined to be next Stevie Y|
|4. Steve Mason||6||CLB||21||Won Calder, Vezina within 2-3 years.|
|5. Patrick Kane||5||CHI||21||Has to mature. Already facing pressure.|
|6. Bobby Ryan||13||ANA||22||Very successful ‘09. Great chance this season.|
|7. Steven Stamkos||9||TB||19||Growing up fast. Going to have a great year.|
|8. Anze Kopitar||7||LAK||22||Took a step back last year. 80+ point potential.|
|9. Phil Kessel||11||TOR||21||Unbelievable ‘09. Can he score 30 w/o Savard?|
|10. Bryan Little||16||ATL||21||The most under-rated 31 goals in history.|
|11. Claude Giroux||10||PHI||21||Great playoffs. Forsberg with healthy ankles.|
|12. John Tavares||8||NYI||19||Believe the hype, but temper expectations.|
|13. Carey Price||14||MON||22||Let down ‘09 season. Still franchise material.|
|14. Devin Setoguchi||17||SJ||22||Thornton-Heatley-Seto could be NHL’s best.|
|15. Sam Gagner||15||EDM||20||Only 20 entering 3rd season. His time is now.|
|16. Kyle Okposo||12||NYI||22||Awesome 2nd half in ‘09. Great line w/ Tavares|
|17.Derick Brassard||19||CLB||22||If healthy, he will make a HUGE jump this year.|
|18. Kris Letang||–||PIT||22||Will finally get regular minutes.|
|19. TJ Oshie||20||StL||22||The Blues will be very good this year. So will TJ.|
|20. Victor Hedman||–||TB||18||May take a few years, but bonifide keeper for TB.|
|21. Michael Frolik||HM||FLA||19||Very underated breakout ‘09: 43 pts in final 60!|
|22. Nikita Filatov||22||CLB||19||On big club this year. Big time scorer next year.|
|23. Zach Bogosian||–||ATL||19||Full season to show offensive D potential|
|Patrik Berglund||21||StL||21||Captain material. Will be very good for long time.|
|James Van Riemsdyk||HM||PHI||20||On the brink of making team and making impact.|
|Peter Mueller||23||PHO||22||Sophomore slump in ‘09. Lots to prove this year.|
|Erik Johnson||–||StL||20||A healthy former #1 will be very productive. Very.|
|Matt Duchene||–||COL||18||NHL ready? We’ll see.|
|Kyle Turris||18||PHO||20||Forced onto big club in ‘09. Starting in AHL.|
|Cody Hodgson||HM||VAN||19||CHL’s best player. NHL ready.|
|Jakub Voracek||HM||CLB||20||Could be a big breakout this season.|
|Drew Doughty||–||LAK||19||Great defensively, great offensively.|
|David Perron||–||StL||21||Maturing quickly. ‘09-’10 will be impact season.|
Related: April 2008 – 23 Under 23
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