G - Florida Panthers - 21
When Jakob Markström was a rookie back in the Elitserien, he came on to a Brynäs team that had the best goaltending duo in the whole league.
Nobody could have guessed Markström would come in and steal the number one spot as a 17-year-old, but he did.
Drafted 31st overall in 2008, the young Swede has developed exceptionally well. For starters, he carried his World Juniors team to a bronze and silver medal in his two years with the team. Even more impressive, however, is that he has taken over the full Swedish number two spot, starting in the full World Championships in 2010 when Henrik Lundqvist was still in the playoffs.
Last year, he kept the struggling Rochester Americans in contests countless times, posting a somewhat bloated 2.98 GAA and a solid .907 save percentage for the last place team. An impressive rookie season, for a youngster abroad having to adjust to smaller ice rinks. That said, he has already played in men's leagues 5 full seasons.
The Panthers signed goalie Jose Theodore this offseason, but failed to bring back Tomas Vokoun. It seems to be a pretty clear indication that they are ready to hand over the number one reigns to Markström. He should alternate games with Theodore like the Canadian did with then-Caps goalie Semyon Varlamov in 2009.
Wherever he plays next season, Markström is a bright spot in the future of the NHL.
He is the league's top prospect.
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