Forecasting the future for these NHL teenagers

Updated: December 14, 2007, 3:02 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

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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