Projecting NHL Arrival Dates for the Top 25 Prospects in Hockey

October 19th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
Though still eligible for the next Calder Trophy, whenever that will be doled out, New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider has, in essence, already arrived on his team. It is hard to deem it an accident when a prospect bolts college a year early, joins a first-place team’s playoff run on the fly and produces seven points in 18 games.

The same goes for Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, who figures to be an NHL regular,  especially now that Tomas Vokoun has been dealt.

Naturally, though, both youngsters will be joined by an an abundance of fresher company whenever the next NHL season begins. If that next season should not arrive until 2013-14, the influx of new fixtures will only increase as those ready for this year and ready for next year would come in simultaneously.

Assuming they will have a chance to enter The Show in 2012-13, here is a glance at the not-too-distant future of the top players who have yet to see substantial NHL action.

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