Driving the Colorado Avalanche's top line on a regular basis, Nathan MacKinnon is once again lighting up the league this year with his goal scoring, playmaking, and speed. Already in his sixth year of competition, MacKinnon is at the top of his game on one of the league's best lines, helping the Avs push for a playoff spot.
With a third straight 100-point season in his sights, Connor McDavid is unquestionably the league's most talented player. Despite playing on an Edmonton Oilers team that lacks a supporting cast, the NHL's top skater has carried his club gracefully as their captain – and he could do the same for your Ultimate Team.
Playing on the second line of the league's most dominant team during the regular season, Brayden Point surprisingly emerged as a premier point generator for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Matching his career-high in point totals just 52 games in to the season proves Point is ready to be a dominant force in the league.
Able to create plays that seem impossible, Mitch Marner is a breathtaking player to watch, creating impressive opportunities for his linemates. An elite winger who's yet to hit the prime of his career, Marner's performance this year is just a taste of what's to come, as he matched his career-high in point totals just 57 games into the season.
Prolific goal scoring abilities and a relentless drive to keep the puck are just a couple of the traits that make Auston Matthews an elite player. Having re-signed with the Leafs for the next five years, Matthews is at the helm of of a powerful team, with an unstoppable release helping him become one of the fastest players to hit 100 goals in league history (187 games).
The man they call “Pasta” has taken his game to another level this year, putting up 30 goals in just 51 games. A major contributor on one of the league's best lines, Pastrnak is helping drive the Boston Bruins into contention yet again, and has done more than enough to earn a spot with the Young Guns.
When you look at the year Elias Pettersson has had, it's almost impossible to believe that four GM's passed up on the Swedish phenom back at the 2017 entry draft. Playing at over a point-per-game pace in his rookie year, the Vancouver Canucks standout is virtually a lock for the Calder Trophy this year.
In his fourth season of NHL action, Jack Eichel has continued to play near a point-per-game pace for the Buffalo Sabres, cementing himself as one of the league's top centers. A dominant presence who utilizes size and soft hands to keep possession of the puck, Eichel can anchor any line for your dream team.
Another player that's crushed their personal points record before the end of the year is Carolina Hurricanes left winger Sebastian Aho. On pace to put up 93 points this year, Aho is on his way to having one of the finest offensive seasons in Canes history. This 2015 second-round draft pick is turning out to be a nice surprise in Carolina.
Tearing up the QMJHL with the Rimouski Oceanic, Alexis Lafreniere is an early favorite to go first overall in the 2020 NHL entry draft. Scoring well over a point-per-game in the junior leagues, this left winger looks poised to become a dominant player in the NHL.
On track to break the 100-point mark for a second straight year with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks, Cody Glass is on the verge of exploding into the NHL with the Vegas Golden Knights. A phenomenal playmaker who's tallied over 180 assists during the past three seasons, this Young Gun will be one to keep your eye on for years to come.
One of the most electric up-and-comers on the Young Guns roster is Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost. Over his past 120 games with the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL, the centerman has put up an insane 215 points. There's no question this prolific forward will make it to the NHL, the only question is when?
An excellent puck mover and efficient skater, Thomas Chabot has quickly established himself as someone who can play in your top-two pairing, seeing an increase in average time of ice from 17 minutes up to well over 20 per-game this year. The Ottawa Senators have found a gem on their blueline, so why not add him to your roster in HUT?
Some might define Rasmus Dahlin's rookie season as quiet, but it's hard to ignore how reliable the Buffalo Sabres defender has been. At just 18 years old, Dahlin is having one of the best seasons of any defender to enter the NHL at his age, just 18 years old, as the 2018 first-overall pick is putting up incredible point totals from his position. At this rate, Dahlin is poised to finish second all-time in points by an 18 year-old defenseman.
When Zach Werenski broke into the league and put up 47 points in his rookie campaign, he arrived as one of the highest scoring 18-year-old defenders ever. A stalwart blueliner for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Werenski is an all-around defender who can anchor your defensive core.
Debuting for the Calgary Flames after being traded in the off-season, Noah Hanifin's play is proving why he was selected fifth-overall in the 2015 Entry Draft. Maintaining a positive plus/minus rating for the first time in his career, Hanifin is a big reason why the Flames are near the top of the league.
A Young Gun eligible for this year's entry draft, Bowen Byram brings a combination of size and mobility that is highly-coveted in today's NHL. A dynamic puck-moving defenseman, Byram has been scoring at a point-per-game pace with the WHL's Vancouver Giants.
As a second round pick of the Detroit Red Wings, Jared McIssac should be considered a draft steal with the way he's playing in the juniors. A point-producing machine from the blueline for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL, McIssac also contributes physically, evidenced by his 192 penalty minutes over three seasons.
Having already started a record-tying seven goalies this season, the Philadelphia Flyers are hoping to end the carousel by moving forward with 20-year-old netminder Carter Hart. Picking up 13 wins through his first 21 NHL games, the rookie has shown he's ready to be a starter in a league that's tough for young tendies.
A towering presence between the pipes at 6'4”, Mackenzie Blackwood is the ideal choice to be the backup on the Young Guns roster. A journeyman of the ECHL, OHL, and AHL leagues leading up to his NHL debut this year, Blackwood has put together an impressive resume at just 22 years old.
Young Guns squad
Introducing the HUT Team of the Year Young Guns squad, featuring players 23 and under who dominated the game this year.
Tearing up the league with the second 100-point season of his career, Patrick Kane is once again showing why he's one of the most exhilarating players when he has the puck. A tremendous forward who consistently drives the pace of play for the Chicago Blackhawks, the North American Offensive roster wouldn't be complete without him.
Throughout his career, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has defied expectations. The former fourth-round selection has been crushing it with the Flames this season, including putting up a spectacular six-point game against the Devils with a hat trick and three assists to boot.
A natural-born leader and immensely gifted forward with a trophy cabinet bursting at the hinges, Sidney Crosby is the most decorated player on the North American Offensive roster. Already approaching his 15th year of NHL competition, Crosby cracked the 1,200-point marker in what's been his best season since 2013-2014.
Leading the way as the captain for the league's best regular season team, Stamkos has used his elite offensive capabilities to propel the Tampa Bay Lighting to Cup-favourite status. With one of the most powerful and accurate shots in hockey, “Stammer” can light the lamp for your team on a regular basis.
Nobody gets under the skin of their opponents quite like Brad Marchand does. A spark plug with a knack for scoring and pestering everybody along the way, Marchand has helped lead one of the league's best lines in Boston with his energy and undeniable talent.
Steadily one of the best forwards in the game, Mark Scheifele has earned a spot on this roster thanks in large part to his shot. Reaching the 30-goal mark for the second time in his career, Scheifele has proven himself to be an incredible goal scorer for one of Canada's best teams, the Winnipeg Jets.
Somehow, some way, Blake Wheeler is getting better each year in the face of aging past what should be considered his prime. The 32-year-old winger leads the Winnipeg Jets as their captain, setting a career high in point totals last year that he's on pace to break once again this season. His four-goal night against the Blue Jackets sure didn't hurt in padding those totals.
Sean Monahan has been a key component in the resurgence of the Calgary Flames, and is currently playing through the best season of his career statistically. Now with three 30-goal seasons under his belt, the Flames forward is a first-rate scoring talent in the league, and he has the potential to be the same as part of your HUT lineup.
Signing with the Leafs in the offseason, John Tavares went straight to work, posting 37 goals through his first 67 games in the blue and white. Playing on a line with Young Gun Mitch Marner, the former Islanders Captain has blossomed under the pressure of playing in Toronto, even after feeling the heat in his return to Long Island.
Somewhat of a journeyman through his early hockey career, Daniel Carr has found a home this year with the AHL's Chicago Wolves, scoring well above a point-per-game from the left wing. Signing with the Golden Knights this past offseason, there's no doubt that Vegas will be eager to add Carr to their starting lineup.
Since last playing in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers in 2015, Derek Roy has remained active with multiple European clubs, most recently playing center over the past two seasons for Linkopings HC in Sweden. A time-tested veteran with over 500 career NHL points, Roy is a perfect fit on the fourth line of the N.A. Offensive TOTY.
Talented goal scorers don't come around too often, which is why the Ottawa Senators are excited about Drake Batherson. Splitting time between the NHL and AHL with the Senators farm system in Belleville, Batherson has gained vital experience early on as he prepares for the NHL.
Recognized just as much for his larger-than-life personality as he is for his immense hockey talent, Brent Burns cracked the 60-assist mark for the first time in his career this year. A ridiculously-gifted talent at all ends of the ice, he also has the best beard in the game ever since his teammate Joe Thornton picked up a razor.
In the midst of a breakthrough year that sees him join the TOTY for the first time, Morgan Rielly has racked up the points from Toronto's blue line. Anchoring a Cup contender's defensive core isn't an easy task, but Rielly has taken to the challenge with style and grace while playing against top competition.
Captain of the Calgary Flames and perennial Norris Trophy candidate, Mark Giordano is putting up top numbers for his club, with more points than he's ever scored before. If he keeps his current pace through to the end of the 2018-2019 season, it's hard to see anyone else grabbing the award for best defenseman.
Coming off a Stanley Cup win with the Caps, John Carlson signed an eight-year extension to stay with the team that drafted him in the first round back in the 2008 entry draft. Now finding himself on the North America Offensive roster, Carlson joins the Team of the Year with a Stanley Cup Ring on his finger.
Another great defender who finds himself in the midst of a stacked Carolina blueline, Jake Bean has some work to do on the depth chart, but not so much on the North American Offensive roster. He's a promising puck-moving D-man who has 35 points through 59 games for the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.
Playing for a variety of NHL and AHL teams throughout the early part of his career, Zach Redmond has started putting up huge point totals for the Buffalo Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. With 48 points through 50 games this year in Rochester, Redmond is having his best year yet.
Following up his spectacular debut season with Vegas, “Flower” is once again posting some of the best stats of any NHL netminder. Nearing 800 games played in total over the course of his career, Fleury is showing no signs of slowing down for the Golden Knights.
Jordan Binnington has launched himself out of the gates to begin his NHL career, breaking a St. Louis Blues' rookie record for consecutive wins by a goalie (8). After 22 games played with the big club, the 25-year-old goalie has a shining record of 16-3-1, helping to right the ship for a team that expects to compete for the Cup.
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