Ranking The NHL's Top 25 Under 25: Nos. 21-25

© Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports 2016 NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings

In this series, we're rolling out our list of the top 25 NHL players under the age of 25 by revealing five names at a time. Today, we're beginning with Nos. 21-25.

Every season, the NHL seemingly continues to become more of a young man’s game. With so many teams instilling youth into their lineup, an influx of young players are making their way to the forefront of NHL stardom.

There are currently 12 players at or above the 25-point mark so far in the season. Six of those 12 sit below the age of 25, including the league's two top scorers.

Some considerations upon the creation of this list include, but are not limited to, actual age, scoring statistics, a player’s importance to his respective team, his trending play and NHL experience.

This list is compiled of players under the age of 25 as of December 1, 2016.


21. Seth Jones

Age: 22
Columbus Blue Jackets
Career stats: 258 GP, 20 G, 71 A, 91 Pts., minus-32
2016-17 stats: 18 GP, 3 G, 5 A, 8 Pts., plus-2

The former fourth-overall pick from 2013, Jones was traded straight-up for Johansen during the 2015-16 season. Even with newcomer Zach Werenski yielding Calder talk, Jones remains the team’s best defenseman. He and Werenski will highlight the up-and-coming explosiveness of the Blue Jackets’ blue line for the foreseeable future.

22. Dylan Larkin

Age: 20
Detroit Red Wings
Career stats: 107 GP, 31 G, 24 A, 55 Pts., plus-6
2016-17 stats: 27 GP, 8 G, 2 A, 10 Pts., minus-5

Dylan Larkin is the present and future of the Detroit Red Wings. A sophomore slump held Larkin back this season, but he has started to find some puck luck again with four points in his past seven games. His incredible speed and high hockey IQ will help him break through soon.

23. Matt Murray

Age: 22
Pittsburgh Penguins
Career stats: 23 GS, 17 W, 2.01 GAA, .930 SV%, 2 SO
2016-17 stats: 9 GS, 8 W, 2.01 GAA, .931 SV%, 1 SO

At just 22 years old, Matt Murray already has a Stanley Cup to his name after leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to the 2016 league title. Still considered a rookie by NHL standards, he could be in the running for the Calder Trophy if he can sustain his .930 SV% and impressive winning percentage.

24. Rasmus Ristolainen

Age: 22 
Buffalo Sabres
Career stats: 220 GP, 20 G, 61 A, 81 Pts., minus-73
2016-17 stats: 26 GP, 1 G, 15 A, 16 Pts., minus-5

Rasmus Ristolainen broke out for 41 points last season and scored his way to becoming the No. 1 defenseman for an up-and-coming Buffalo Sabres team. Ristolainen was one of just six defensemen to record 40-plus points, 20-plus powerplay points, average more than 25 minutes per game and record over 100 hits and 100 blocks last season.

25. Tyler Toffoli

Age: 24
Los Angeles Kings
Career stats: 255 GP, 73 G, 82 A, 155 Pts., plus-94
2016-17 stats: 25 GP, 5 G, 9 A, 14 Pts., plus-10

Tyler Toffoli may come after Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick and perhaps even Jeff Carter when talking about the Kings, but his youth means he is the long-run future of the team. He broke the 30-goal plateau last season, and gave the NHL a glimpse of his offense and two-way play by leading the NHL with a plus-35 rating.

Honorable Mentions

Though this list was compiled from an original list of more than 70 names, honorable mentions go to Toronto’s Morgan Reilly, St. Louis’ Jaden Schwartz, Boston’s David Pastrnak and Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog.

​Check in with FloHockey soon to see Nos. 15-20 of the NHL's top 25 under 25!

'If You Ain't First, You're Last': Erie Otters Take Step Back In OHL

Erie Otters Erie Otters Training.jpg

By Jacob Messing

A historic Erie Otters season ended suddenly in late May when host Windsor defeated the regular season champions 4-3 for the Memorial Cup, given to the winner of a four-team tournament played

Knights Have ‘Golden’ NHL Debut

© Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports NHL: Preseason-Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks

By Jacob Messing

The past few months have been full of firsts for the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s 31st franchise.

In March they signed Brandon Wheat Kings center Reid Duke, in June they sifted through opposing rosters during the expansion draft and selected one player from each team, and later in the summer they unveiled their home jerseys.

10 NCAA Players To Watch In 2017-18

ncaa.jpg

By Jacob Messing

The wait is almost over for hockey fans.

Social media is teeming with #IsItOctoberYet, NHL training camps have started, and teams are beginning to take shape. But mid-September doesn’t just mean a new professional season; the puck is set to drop October 1 for college hockey.

Who Will Replace Nashville's Ryan Ellis?

© Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators

By Jacob Messing

Last week, the Nashville Predators announced they would be without rising defenseman Ryan Ellis until the turn of the calendar year. The 26-year-old Canadian is recovering from offseason knee surgery and has not begun skating yet.

Intersection Of NHL Trading Trends And Matt Duchene Deal

© Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports NHL: Ottawa Senators at Colorado Avalanche

By Jacob Messing

Is Nugent-Hopkins A Fit As Penguins Third Line Center?

© Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports NCAA Hockey: Frozen Four-Boston University vs North Dakota

By Jacob Messing

A New Test For Griffins’ Sadowy

© Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators

By Jacob Messing

The last three years have been complicated for Dylan Sadowy.

He’s played in the OHL, AHL, and ECHL, been drafted into the NHL by one team, and traded to another -- although he’s yet to play a game in the world’s best league.

5 Best NHL Players On Each Side Of 30

© Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Edmonton Oilers

By Jacob Messing

Earlier this month, Sidney Crosby turned 30 years old, and even at that benchmark age the Pittsburgh Penguins captain still remains at the forefront of any argument about who is the best player in the world.

However, that’s not to say a new generation of budding stars won’t be entering the conversation soon.

The NHL is becoming increasingly younger, and 20-year-old phenom Connor McDavid highlights the future of the game. So, rather than compare them -- given that Crosby has 10 years on the Edmonton Oilers’ young captain -- we decided to break down the best players by age groups, those above 30 and those below.

AHL Sophomores To Watch In 2017-18

© Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres

By Jacob Messing

Late summer is typically when hockey fans ask, “Is it October yet?”

While the start of the season is still a long way off, camps begin in a month -- a time for high-end prospects and AHL players to get good, long looks from their coaches as teams push for roster spots and players seek to fulfill their NHL dreams.

Why Danis Zaripov Won’t Find An NHL Home

© Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports OLYMPICS: Mens Hockey-Russia vs Czech Republic

By Jacob Messing

KHL star Danis Zaripov is reportedly eyeing to play his hockey stateside after a two-year ban from the International Ice Hockey Federation for a failed drug test. Both organizations follow the policies of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), resulting in Russian side AK Bars Kazan voiding Zaripov’s recently signed two-year deal.