3 Young NHL Stars To Watch During the 2018-19 Season
October 16, 2018
3 Fresh-Faced NHL Stars To Watch During the 2018-19 Season Over the last week or so, NHL action has picked up some intensity and where weve seen some pretty big games. For example, from October 7th-13th, 6 games spilled into overtime, with three of them going into shootouts to decide their fates. But even more importantly, we saw some big plays from some of the brightest and most promising players in the league. Auston Matthews scored his 6th and 7th goals, while John Tavares also scored two goals, his 5th and 6th respectively. And of course, there was so much more. With that said, were going to spend time looking at some exciting young players in the NHL you should really pay attention to this year.
The Edmonton Oilers superstar is already predicted by The Hockey News to win the 2018-19 Art Ross Trophy. And that isnt hard to fathom since hes won two back-to-back Art Ross Trophies already. At just 21 years-old, McDavid has established himself as a ferocious offensive player. Last year, he led the league in points (108), even-strength points (84), even-strength goals (35), and even-strength assists (49) in 82 games. With his impeccable speed and skill, hell have no problems delivering such stellar numbers this season as well.
This post would be incomplete if we didnt expand on our initial mention of Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hes already had an impeccable start to the 2018-19 season. He leads the league in points and goals. Hes also cementing himself as a future great since he just became the fifth player in NHL history to tally two points in each of his first seven games. So of course, expectations for Matthews are high, to say the least. Many predict that hell score at least 50 goals this season - a feat no Leaf has accomplished since the 1993-94 season when Dave Andreychuk did it. With a shot that leaves teammates, opponents and even analysts in awe, were sure that Auston will do so big things this year.
Nathan MacKinnonThe young, prodigious center for the Colorado Avalanche could have folded under the pressure of carrying the franchise after the Matt Duchene fiasco. But he took it all in stride. He helped the team improve by as much as 47 points thanks to his 39 goals and 97 points, feats that put him in the MVP conversation alongside New Jersey Devils winger, and eventual award winner, Taylor Hall.MacKinnon has the potential to win that MVP and future titles. Some worry that MacKinnon may regress but with his stellar track record, we strongly believe that hell do very well for himself this season.
Fresh-Faced Forces To Be Reckoned With
Theres a lot of young talent to look out for in the league right now. The scary thing is that many of them are under 25, yet show such incredible skill with even more room to grow. We can only imagine where theyll be in the next few years as they develop. But until then, lets look forward to rest of this season and what they have to offer.