Top 15 Most Untouchable NHL Players

The NHL has acquired a tremendous influx of young talent in recent years.  It is flooded with gifted players aging from 18 all the way to 44 (cheers to Mr. Jagr). Players are starting to achieve success more abruptly, developing into superstars at a much younger age than in the past. As these players grow into veterans before they're even 30, they are able to pass along the lessons they've learned to the new youngsters of the league speeding up their learning curves.

Deciding the value of a player can be completely subjective based on a managers strategy and rational. Is a 28-year-old star more valuable than an 18-year-old with superstar potential? How do you know when a player is going to fall out of his prime? Age is obviously important, but there are other factors involved when predicting their decline. Duncan Keith may possibly be the best defenceman in the world, but the 32-year-old workhorse has put a lot of miles on those legs. Would you want five more seasons of Duncan Keith or 15 more seasons of Aaron Ekblad? Neither of these players were able to crack the top 15, showing the pure depth of top end talent in NHL.

Other honorable mentions go to the once mighty combo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, and a trio of young talented forwards Claude Giroux, Matt Duchene, and Vladimir Tarasenko. To win the Stanley Cup you need an outstanding performance from your netminder. So why then is there only one goalie on this list? Goalies can be very inconsistent from year to year, and some of the best goalies are already in there 30s. Unsurprisingly the established stars on this list play for teams who have all made the playoffs consistently over the last few years. While the younger ones play for teams who have been in the cellar and will look to their new stars to be the savior. The Kings and Blackhawks both have multiple players on this list, as they just so happen to have won five of the last six Stanley Cups between them.

15 Jack Eichel

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14 Anze Kopitar

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13 P.K. Subban

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12 John Tavares

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11 Johnny Gaudreau

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10 Drew Doughty

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9 Tyler Seguin

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8 Erik Karlsson

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7 Carey Price

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6 Jamie Benn

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5 Alexander Ovechkin

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4 Patrick Kane

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3 Jonathan Toews

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2 Sidney Crosby

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1 Connor McDavid

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First McDavid dethrones Crosby as the most hyped prospect ever, and now he moves past Crosby as the most untouchable player in the NHL. He is the clear cut choice for player that you would want to start a franchise with. Only time will tell us if he will be as good, or as successful as Crosby but he is off to a blazing start. The 18-year-old uber-phenom already looks like a man among boys, putting up his first 5 point game even quicker than Gretzky. He's been heralded as McJesus in Edmonton, as he looks to use his godly talent to bring the Oilers back to the glory days.

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