23 NHL Players Under 23

Baseball legend Satchel Paige once said, “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” It matters though, when it comes to playing for the National Hockey League.

Young players make up a large part of NHL teams’ rosters. The NHL’s future is so dependent on these young players that they’re sending a team of them to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto next year. The North American Youngstars Team will be made up of 16 players from the United States and Canada who were born after September 18, 1992, or are under 23. Not only is this a move to attract younger fans, but it may also serve as a recruiting tool, encouraging young boys to learn to play.

The following article will profile 22 NHL players currently under 23 and in the running to be chosen to play on the North American Youngstars Team during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The players are grouped together by age group and do not appear in any particular order within that age group. For purposes of quick perusal, the team city will be listed in alphabetical order.

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Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

A note on players we featured in the 22 Club:

The 22-year-old group features four players. This group, however, contains 12 players. The cut-off to be featured in this part was playoff performance; specifically the highest scorers are featured. We’re sure this list will provoke disagreement and certainly much discussion. Read on and learn more about these players and your favorite team. As always, you’re free to offer your own opinion and share them with us in the comments section.

The 22 Club: The following players are 22

New York Rangers | J.T. Miller | Centre

J.T. Miller has not played a full NHL season. Last year though, he had 10 goals and 23 points in 53 games for the Rangers during the regular season, while centering the third line. He played 19 postseason games during the playoffs last year and added 8 points in 19 postseason games to his stats, following Mats Zuccarello’s injury. This Ohio native has the potential to keep those scores high.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Nikita Kucherov | Right Wing

Nikita Kucherov, along with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat, is one of the members of Tampa Bay’s Triplets line and a fascinating player to watch. In his first year of NHL play, Kucherov scored 29 goals and 65 points in 82 regular season games. His success continued in the playoffs when he added 10 more goals and 22 points in 26 post-season games.

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