As we prepare for the 2011-12 NHL season to finally kick off on October 6, we're looking forward to many things.
One of those things is seeing the 2011 NHL draft picks potentially play their first games—particularly, first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau and Adam Larsson.
However, there are many other fantastic players not yet in the NHL, whose NHL debuts we are looking forward to as well, in the next few seasons.
Here are the 50 best players not yet in the NHL.
Note: There are many top players not included in this list because they could be starting in the NHL this coming season, including the 2011 NHL draft picks.
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