This article is part of our Darryl's Dispatch series.The goal of this list is to place a raw ranking or value on a young player's ability to adapt and mature his game during those crucial first few seasons after he is drafted or signed by an NHL team. Each of these elite prospects is considered by industry consensus to be the best of the best. But realistically, almost all are several years away from being effective NHL regulars and only a few will ever reach true NHL stardom.
Prospect Criteria: Players under 26 years old, who have appeared in no more than 25 NHL games, are considered prospects. A player's current ranking combines two grades; the first is his current state of NHL preparedness and the second measures his long-term potential.
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