I already have already written about the Metropolitan, Atlantic, and Central Division top NHL players who are 25 years or younger. I haven’t talked about the Pacific Division top players under 25 yet, but I will now.
Brock Boeser, Forward, Vancouver Canucks: Boeser was the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. At 20 years old, he has a wicked shot and Boeser is only going to get better. Boeser is only a rookie and he has scored 26 goals and recorded 22 assists so far this season. Boeser was named to the All-Star Game this season and he won the shooting accuracy at the skills competition.
Johnny Gaudreau, Forward, Calgary Flames: He is one of the smallest players in the NHL at 5’9″, but Gaudreau (24 years old) is one of the fastest and most dangerous players too. Gaudreau was drafted in the fourth-round in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has be an All-Star a couple of times, Gaudreau has scored 19 goals and recorded 48 assists so far this season. He has Calgary on the verge of making the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.
Sean Monahan, Center, Calgary Flames: Monahan might be the second most dangerous player on the Flames. Monahan is 23 years old and he was drafted sixth overall by the Flames in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has scored 27 goals and recorded 23 assists so far this season. Monahan is also one of the reasons why the Flames are on the verge of making it to the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.
Matthew Tkachuk, Forward, Calgary Flames: Tkachuk is going to be the x-factor for the Flames in the future. Will he be that player that helps Gaudreau and Monahan or will he shy away in the big moments? Tkachuk’s father Keith was a good NHL player. Matthew was the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He is 20 years old and Tkachuk has a lot of upside. He has scored 20 goals and recorded 19 assists so far this season. Tkachuk is also good at drawing attention and drawing penalties.
Connor McDavid, Center, Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid is a highlight reel waiting to happen every night. He was the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. McDavid is just 21 years old and he already received a big contract. He is arguably the fastest skater in the NHL. McDavid is also the second best player in the NHL behind Sidney Crosby. McDavid has been named to the All-Star Game the past two years and he wasn’t named to it his rookie season because of a collarbone injury. There is no doubt he will win a Stanley Cup one day with his talent. McDavid has scored 23 goals and recorded 43 assists so far this season. He had 70 assists last season which is outstanding for his age and how the way today’s game is played. McDavid led them to the second-round of the playoffs last season, but it’s not his fault they won’t make the playoffs this season.
Leon Draisaitl, Center/Forward, Edmonton Oilers: Draisaitl was the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He is very versatile and Draisaitl can play either center or wing. Draisaitl also received a big contract last season after his breakout 2016-2017 season. He is just 22 years old and earned the nickname “German Gretzky” last season. Draisaitl has scored 16 goals and recorded 33 assists so far this season.
Brandon Montour, Defenseman, Anaheim Ducks: Montour was drafted in the second-round in the 2014 NHL Draft. He is 23 years old and Montour is adjusting to the NHL game really well. Montour has scored six goals and recorded 16 assists so far this season. He is known as a really good two-way defenseman and his plus/minus is 13 so far this season.
Clayton Keller, Center, Arizona Coyotes: Keller was a highlight reel waiting to happen every night at the beginning of the season. Now, he has really cooled off, but he stills play at a high level every night. Keller was the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and he is just 19 years old. He is one of the cornerstone pieces of this franchise for years to come. Keller has scored 16 goals and recorded 24 assists so far this season.
Dylan Strome, Center, Arizona Coyotes: I understand that he hasn’t played much in the NHL this season and he played at the AHL level, but whenever Strome gets it going in the NHL, he will be one of the best young players in the league. Strome is 20 years old and was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. In 11 games with Arizona this season, Strome has only scored one goal, but he has scored 18 goals and recorded 24 assists in 35 games with the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL). Strome was named to the All-Star Game at the AHL Level.
Adrian Kempe, Forward, Los Angeles Kings: Kempe was good early in the season for the Kings, but he has kind of disappeared. He has scored 16 goals and recorded 10 assists so far this season. Kempe is 21 years old and was drafted in the first-round in 2014. He has a lot of upside and Kempe has the potential to be a 30-goal scorer every year.
Oscar Dansk, Goalie, Vegas Golden Knights: Dansk is 23 years old and was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second-round in the 2012 NHL Draft. Dansk is going to be the future starting goalie for the Vegas Golden Knights. He is atheltic and calm. Dansk has missed most of the season because of injury, but he is playing some games at the AHL level (Chicago Wolves) now. Dansk’s record with Vegas so far this season was 3-0 with a .946 save percentage and a 1.78 GAA, along with one shutout.
Alex Tuch, Center, Vegas Golden Knights: Tuch (21 years old) was drafted in the first-round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Tuch was taken in the 2017 Expansion Draft. He is good at face-offs and playing defense. Tuch has scored 10 goals and recorded 15 assists so far this season. He has the ability to be a top two line centerman one day.