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Top 25 Elite Prospects in the NHL Today

Hockey has come a long way over the years, as the game is constantly growing and developing alongside its young players. These days prospects are always improving, becoming faster, stronger, smarter and more skilled. Prospects are a vital aspect in today's NHL as they give struggling franchises hope and mold the future of the NHL. In order to move forward, scouts are constantly looking for new stats and tools to help grade and assess a player’s talent or skill level. so that they can be sure of their selections in the draft..

If there is one player who really embodies the evolution hockey today, it’s Connor McDavid. As scouts will tell you, he is a “generational talent” that comes around very rarely. McDavid’s ability to operate the puck at such high speeds is truly remarkable. His name has already been mentioned right up there alongside Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky. However, McDavid is not the only player attracting attention from scouts, as besides McDavid, the 2015 NHL Entry Draft was notably deep.

So, with a new superstar on the rise and the 2015 draft completed, it seems to be the perfect time to review some of the top prospects in today's NHL.

25 Nikita Scherbak

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24 Haydn Fleury

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23 Lawson Crouse

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22 Anthony Mantha

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21 Derrick Pouliot

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20 Josh Morrissey

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19 Zachary Werenski

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18 Kevin Fiala

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17 Dylan Larkin

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16 Mikko Rantanen

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15 Michael Dal Colle

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14 Darnell Nurse

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13 William Nylander

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12 Ivan Provorov

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11 Nikolaj Ehlers

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10 Max Domi

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Max Domi could have the potential to become a franchise type player for the Arizona Coyotes. Although that might say more about the Coyotes as a franchise than it does about Domi as a player, he’s still a prospect that they can bank on.

9 Andrei Vasilevskiy

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Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightening is the first and only net-minder on this list. He has all of the makings to be an elite goalie in the NHL but he might not get the opportunity to start in Tampa, thanks to Ben Bishop. So Vasilevskiy may have to be traded before he can assume that role – unless the Lightning decide to stick with him over Ben Bishop.

8 Leon Draisaitl

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7 Mitch Marner

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6 Sam Reinhart

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5 Noah Hanifin

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4 Sam Bennett

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3 Dylan Strome

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2 Jack Eichel

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1 Connor McDavid

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Without a single NHL game under his belt, Connor McDavid has already been compared to the likes of Sydney Crosby, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky. He is a generational talent for sure and may go down as one of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of skates.

After notching 44 goals and 120 points in only 47 contests with the Erie Otters last season, it is safe to say McDavid’s days in the OHL are behind him. In three seasons with the Otters, McDavid racked up 285 points in 166 regular season games and 68 points in 34 post-season outings.

No doubt, all eyes will look to McDavid at the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign.

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