With the emergence of Tyler Bozak in Toronto, it got me thinking, just who is the best NHLer to come out of College hockey?
We have seen a slew of great players come out of the Canadian Junior Hockey ranks, from Wayne Gretzky to Sidney Crosby, the CHL has been the creme de la creme when it comes to developing young NHL talent.
Players learn the rigors of a tough schedule, while playing a physical brand of hockey that is surpassed by no leagues aside from the pros.
But, College hockey has been surging lately, and you need to look no further than this year's World Junior Champions Team USA for proof.
The Americans had 11 players on their 22-man roster that play College hockey.
From Zach Parise to Brian Rafalski, it is little wonder that a league where it's players have the chance to mature and season into men and hockey players, could effectively turn into bona fide NHLers.
After all, a 22-year-old from college is probably going to be a lot more prepared for the physicalities of the NHL than an 18-year-old from the CHL.
That is, unless you're a 6'4", 220-pound manchild like Eric Lindros was coming out of junior.
The debate is still out for sure, but here is a list of kids who decided to take the College route, and turned out to be pretty darn good players in the NHL.