Top Five NHL Players Under 25

Mar 11, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) reaches for the puck against Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

While every time needs wiley, seasoned veterans as part of the mix, the excitement of the young player who seems to grasp the game well beyond his years is not only fun to watch for us as fans, but provides an integral piece to the puzzle, rather a cornerstone for the said team to build upon for years to come. Below are the top five NHL players under 25 who have reached stardom early on in their careers and whose outlooks shine bright for the years ahead.

5

Filip Forsberg

C, Nashville Predators

At the young age of 21, Forsberg has already proven he has what it takes to be a scorer as well as playmaker out on the ice as he tallied 28 goals and 37 assists last season. Moreover, Forsberg led the Predators in goals and total points last season, as well registering the most playoff points during the team’s short postseason stint. While the Predators may be known as a defense-first squad, the young Swede should be a solid playmaker for years to come.
highly rewarded for it with a 8-year, $60 million dollar contract. The young Russian winger does look like the real deal, as not only did he put up a 37-goal, 73-point regular season, but averaged a goal a game over 6 contests in last season’s playoffs. Here is what former Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold had to say about Tarasenko via the Star Tribune,“He’s one of the elite players in the league…I don’t think it’s a secret anymore. Last couple years, he snuck up on people.”" >
4

Vladimir Tarasenko

RW, St.Louis Blues

Tarasenko had a great season, and was highly rewarded for it with a 8-year, $60 million dollar contract. The young Russian winger does look like the real deal, as not only did he put up a 37-goal, 73-point regular season, but averaged a goal a game over 6 contests in last season’s playoffs. Here is what former Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold had to say about Tarasenko via the Star Tribune,“He’s one of the elite players in the league…I don’t think it’s a secret anymore. Last couple years, he snuck up on people.”
3

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

D, Arizona Coyotes

Playing for a bad team last season, in addition to losing stud defensive partner Keith Yandle, OEL managed to put together another solid season  finishing with 23 goals and 40 points, good for the team lead in both respects. He also dominated the powerplay goal category, leading the team with 10, and yes, he is a defenseman. While a few more bad years may be in the cards for the Coyotes, they have a solid group of prospects which should only help propel OEL’s production going forward.
real chemistry with linemate Jamie Benn, which was recognized through praise from GM Jim Nill and should continue to flourish for years to come. While he has already achieved what many 10+ year veterans long for, that being a Cup, I don’t think it will be the last one he hoists in his career." >
2

Tyler Seguin

C, Dallas Stars

After being drafted by the Bruins, the team began to question Seguin’s work ethic on and off the ice after his third season in the pros, thus leading to a trade with the Stars. Well, let’s just say that his productivity on the ice has sky-rocketed since being shipped off the the Lonestar State. Seguin has posted two back-to-back 37-goal seasons with the Stars, and has only missed 13 games over that span. He has formed real chemistry with linemate Jamie Benn, which was recognized through praise from GM Jim Nill and should continue to flourish for years to come. While he has already achieved what many 10+ year veterans long for, that being a Cup, I don’t think it will be the last one he hoists in his career.
1

John Tavares

C, New York Islanders

Even though Tavares will be celebrating his quarter-century birthday next month, he still qualifies for this list. Tavares has captained the Islanders the last two seasons, and, since entering the NHL in 2009 as the first overall pick of the prior draft, has grown both talent-wise and as a leader. In logging a full schedule last season, he amassed an impressive 38 goals and 86 total points. On top of this, over the last three seasons he has been in the top running for the Hart Memorial Trophy twice. He also has played a major part in getting the Islanders to the postseason two of the last three years, a trend that is likely to continue as long as he is on the team.