Forecasting the future for these NHL teenagers
In a 30-team NHL, we're seeing more talented teens getting a chance at an early jump on their big league careers.
In Edmonton, for example, 18-year-old Sam Gagner, selected sixth overall in last June's draft, is putting in nearly 14 minutes of ice time per game for the rebuilding Oilers. Gagner, currently the youngest player in the league, has made an early mark as a shootout specialist, converting four of eight chances.
With an eye toward the future, here's a scouting report on some ...
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Rookies Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are the centerpieces of a rebuilding plan in Chicago. ESPN.com is following their progress throughout the 2007-08 season in a series called "Beginner's Puck."
PART IIIPosted: March 11; Team record: 33-29-7
• Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are giving Chicago fans something they haven't had in a decade -- meaningful games in March. Story
PART IIPosted: Dec. 14, 2007; Team record: 15-13-2
• Teens in the NHL? That's nothing new. But teens bringing a team back to life? Chicago's falling in love with the Kane and Toews show. Story
PART IPosted: Sept. 27, 2007; Team record: N/A
• Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Jack Skille are just a few of the new crop of rookies coming into the NHL, and they're giving Chicago hope. Story
MORE ANALYSIS• Cox: Teens in NHL a crapshoot
• Hradek: Where will they be in 2017-18?
• Melrose: Toews, Kane can handle it