With the NHL’s annual All-Star Game taking place this summer, it is no wonder that the game is attracting a lot of attention, with many fans expecting the next generation of players to make a splash on the ice.
The games popularity has seen a lot more coverage from major sports media outlets, including the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
With the All-Stars starting in mid-February, and the league set to begin play on March 6, we have been looking forward to a big season for the league.
In fact, there is still some time left until the NHL season kicks off, with the schedule for the next four months set to kick off with the February 1, 2019 season opener.
With that in mind, we decided to put together a list of some of the most interesting players that are on the roster right now, as well as some of their potential futures.
Players on the list are listed alphabetically, with an asterisk next to their name.
For a full list of players, head over to the link below.
Zach Parise (Minnesota Wild): Parise is the youngest player on the team, but he has been one of the more consistent players this season.
With a combined record of 23-21-7, Parise has scored a total of 1,764 points and added 863 penalty minutes.
He leads the team with 990 shots on goal, and ranks second in the league with 2,077 hits and 1,932 blocked shots.
Paris also leads the Wild in scoring, with 31 goals and 27 assists for 34 points.
He has scored five goals and five assists in three games this season, and has registered three goals and one assist in seven career playoff games.
Jordan Eberle (Washington Capitals): Eberle is one of just five players in the NHL to have at least 50 points and a plus-20 rating in the same season.
He ranks fourth in the League with 486 penalty minutes, and is tied for fourth in plus-minus with a +46 rating.
Eberles 23 goals and 19 assists for 35 points lead the Capitals.
Ebers 21 goals lead the NHL in both points per game and power play goals, and his 1.57 goals per game rank third in the AHL.
Michael Grabner (Florida Panthers): Grabner has been a steady point producer for the Panthers this season and ranks fourth on the club in goals with 35.
Grabber leads the Panthers in goals and points, and he has a plus 30 rating.
His 27 goals are tied for second in all of the AHL, and with his 20 assists, he ranks second on the Panthers.
Jake Allen (Florida Marlies): Allen leads the Marlies in goals, points and assists, and leads the club with 30 points.
He has 20 goals and 20 assists for 25 points in 37 games.
Ryan Johansen (Columbus Blue Jackets): Johansen leads the Blue Jackets in goals (32), points (25) and power-play goals (10) with 22.
He leads the league in both goals and assists with a plus 27 rating.
Johansen is tied with Jonathan Toews in points (42) and assists (22).
Jostens 19 goals are second on Columbus.
Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators): Karlsson is the only defenseman in the entire NHL to lead the team in goals at 27.
He is tied in points with Sidney Crosby for fifth on the Senators, with 34 points and ranks fifth in the team.
Nikita Zadorov (Florida Lightning): Zadorov leads the Lightning with 33 goals, which ranks fourth overall in the Atlantic Division.
He also leads all NHL defensemen with 39 shots on net.
Nick Foligno (Columbia Blues): Foligno leads the Blues with 30 goals, while he is tied on the Blues team with 13 assists.
He had 20 points in 20 games this year, which is tied behind his linemates Mikko Rantanen and Alex Pietrangelo.
Ryan Kesler (Colorado Avalanche): Kesler has played well for the Avs, ranking second on Colorado in goals this season with 23, tied for third in points and tied for fifth in power-of-play points with 17.
Brandon Pirri (Montreal Canadiens): Pirri has been the most consistent defenseman for the Canadiens this season after ranking second in scoring and points for the first time this season on Jan. 10 against the Nashville Predators.
Pirri leads the Canadiens with 23 goals, tied with Tomas Plekanec for sixth in points, as he has scored at least 10 goals in five of the past six games.
Alex Pietilich (Columbice Hurricanes): Pietilich leads the Hurricanes