Jack Hughes or Andrei Svechnikov are the top two on this list. – [Update News]

Today, I updated my rankings of the top young players associated with NHL teams. This ranking comprises the best players currently on an NHL roster or on an NHL team’s reserve list who are under the age of 23 as of Jan. 1, 2022. This analysis is forward-looking. These are the players that I would like to have on my team for their entire career and not just for a single game.

For the first time in a while, we’ve had data from every major hockey league to provide for a more normal update to this list — though we have no results from the world juniors to incorporate into this ranking as a result of the cancellation of the 2021-22 tournament.

Players who I consider to be among the top echelon of young talent in hockey are assigned a tier according to their NHL projection. Their skating, puck skills, hockey sense and compete level are also given a grade, with their shot given a grade if it’s notably good or poor. Six levels make up the tool grading system. It could be read as: 1-6. However, it will be written as: poor (below NHL average), NHL average above NHL average and high-end or elite.

The Sept. 2021 list is a reference to previous ranking. This iteration is less eligible than the previous one due to the graduation many late birthdate picks in the 2017 draft.

Bubble elite NHL player, NHL All-Star

1. Andrei Svechnikov, LW, Carolina

Mar. 26, 2000 | 6-foot-2 | 188 pounds

Drafted: No. 2, 2018