Top 25 Under 25
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The grand PPP tradition of ranking all players and prospects under 25. The event takes place every summer or whenever else we are given a month with no hockey.
Today another T25 comes to an end. It was one of the oddest, and also the best in some ways. The first T25 on an independent PPP has been fun, which makes it a success. But the prospect pool is very odd, difficult to judge no matter the method you use. We managed, though!
Liljegren is only one of two players eligible for this list who is a regular NHL player, but he's also young enough that people still think that maybe he can still improve. Come see the debate about how good an NHLer he is, and if he can get better!
Nick Robertson has only played in 31 NHL games and 82 total games in the past three seasons, and the shine is off a former star prospect. Can he stay healthy and learn how to be effective in the NHL, or has his opportunity already slipped by?
As the second oldest player eligible for this year's T25U25, Timmins is in a weird spot to consider in our rankings. The Maple Leafs are familiar with highly regarded defense prospects struggling to find their footing in the NHL. So where does that leave Timmins?
One of the more debated areas of our annual rankings comes when we look at players who have gotten into a handful of NHL games, but haven't yet stuck in a full time role. Pontus Holmberg certainly fits this type of player after his AHL and NHL rookie season.
Hirvonen is a prospect that's difficult to project because of where and how he's played. He's been in Finland's pro league before Toronto even drafted him, as well as being part of Team Finland in various junior tournaments for years. But who is he as a player by now?
Say hello to Easton Cowan, the Leafs first round pick from the 2023 NHL Draft. And as is inevitably the case, he's not simply allowed to be a prospect, but a foil for arguments about the NHL team today. Let's begin his T25U25 profile with what Easton Cowan is, and
Last year's third round pick, Nicholas Moldenhauer, had a strong final season in the USHL for the Chicago Steel ahead of his move to the NCAA with the University of Michigan. Moldenhauer could fool you as a Yank with all those red, white, and blue words, but the truth is he's from Mississauga.
Sarnia is the oft-overlooked little brother, and Ty Voit is a prospect that seems to fit that role too. He's unusual for an OHL player in that he's American, and that means he has to really wow them back in Colorado Springs to make the national team.
On a team with so few defensemen prospects in their pipeline, Villeneuve is arguably their second best hope of being an NHLer. This year, he will have a chance to step up into a second pair role on the Marlies and get even closer to the NHL as a real possibility.
Ryan Tverberg has undergone a huge rise in status as a prospect since he was drafted, and his ranking history continues to reflect this improvement. As he enters his first full professional season, will that improvement be enough to make him a future contributor at the NHL level?
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev makes our list within the top-20, but is the first player trending away from the Leafs than towards it.