Baseball legend Satchel Paige once said, â€śAge is a case of mind over matter. If you donâ€™t mind, it donâ€™t matter.â€ť It matters though, when it comes to playing for the National Hockey League.
Young players make up a large part of NHL teamsâ€™ rosters. The NHLâ€™s future is so dependent on these young players that theyâ€™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.
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. Weâ€™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, youâ€™re free to offer your own opinion and share them with us in the comments section.