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Top Players Under The Age Of 25

10/23/2018 at 11:43am EDT

from Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

To qualify a player needs to have played at least 25 NHL games in one season, or 50 career games, and be under the age of 25 as of Sept. 15, 2018. So players like Rasmus Dahlin, Elias Pettersson and Dylan Strome will not be considered, but they were part of my ranking of the top 100 prospects entering this season.

Evaluations are based in part on my talent evaluations of a player, as I’ve scouted almost all the players over the years, as well as incorporating their statistical production, adjusted for age, position and context. I prefer forwards to defensemen, centers to wings, and I am very conservative in valuing goalies, particularly younger goalies.

22. Dylan Larkin, C, Detroit

Birthday: July 30, 1996 (22)
Previous rank: 30

I was expecting a breakout season for Larkin soon and he delivered. He became arguably the most important piece for the Wings and is their No. 1 center for the future. He doesn’t have the skill/playmaking style of Claude Giroux, but Larkin has good hands, is more creative offensively than I thought he’d be when he was younger, works very hard and has elite speed. A lot went wrong in Detroit the past few years, but Larkin isn’t one of those things.

61. Anthony Mantha, RW, Detroit

Birthday: Sept. 16, 1994 (24)
Previous rank: 47

Anthony Mantha’s development curve has a lot of peaks and valleys, from junior stardom to Jim Devellano calling him very disappointing in his rookie pro season to becoming a 20-goal winger this past season. His effort/consistency wavers, thus his game is prone to criticism, but he’s a highly skilled scorer with size. He could be a star but it’s hard to pin down where his future lies.

91. Andreas Athanasiou, C, Detroit

Birthday: Aug. 6, 1994 (24)
Previous rank: 71

Athanasiou has the potential to dazzle. His speed and skill are dynamic, and he can create a scoring chance out of nothing. Every now and then he pops and shows you the potential of a guy who can impact a shift. He’s inconsistent, though, and not a guy I’d describe as a primary playmaker. He’s produced at a quality level and seems to have settled into being a league average player.

97 more ($$$) players, Tyler Bertuzzi received and honorable mention.

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