NHL: The Top 10 Underachieving Young Guns of October

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NHL: The Top 10 Underachieving Young Guns of October
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Prior to the 2010/2011 season I had published a list of the top 50 rising stars in the NHL.  After one month of action it's fair to say that many players fell down the list and many went up.  This is to be expected from young players.  They all develop at a different pace.  Some are thrive with an opportunity while others are victim to circumstances. 

What doesn't change are expectations.  Fans are usually impatient out of the gate and talk a lot of doom and gloom with their young guns.  You will never hear the word "bust" more than in the month of October.  Fans wait all off-season long for another chance at the cup or to make the playoffs and when things don't work out right away there is a wave of disappointment.  

No one knows how it will turn out.  Some turn it around and break out.  Most struggle with consistency.  Others get demoted or sent to the minors. 

Let's take a look at the top 10 players not living up to the hype thus far.

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