Ranking the Top Young Snipers in the NHL in 2016-17

December 1st, 2016 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »
Hockey is a young man's game these days.

Looking at the NHL leaderboard this season will suggest there is a lot of truth to that statement. While the more established faces of the league have a strong presence as expected, with Sidney Crosby leading the way on the goal front and Alex Ovechkin nipping at his heels in the top five, there are three players in that group who have yet to celebrate their 25th birthdays.

Rookie Patrik Laine already has established himself as one of the league's top snipers with 13 goals in his first 25 games. Tied with him are Winnipeg Jets teammate Mark Scheifele and David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins. 

There are two more under 25 in the top 10 with superstars Connor McDavid and Nikita Kucherov making their presence felt again in 2016-17. 

With that in mind, we've ranked the top young snipers in the NHL in the 2016-17 season, using their current totals at the quarter mark of the year and factoring in their performances in recent campaigns.

A hot start, like the one Jonathan Marchessault has had with the Florida Panthers, may not seem sustainable based on his history. And an injury lik ...

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