NHL players are among the most important players in the league, and this week, we asked readers to share their top picks for the best investments they would make in the future.
We’re betting that these players are well-positioned to make a big jump in their careers.
But before you do, read on for our picks for these players who could become stars of tomorrow.
Chris Stewart (BOS) In his rookie season, Stewart became the first goalie in NHL history to record at least 50 wins and 20 shutouts.
He also became the youngest goalie to win a Vezina Trophy, becoming the youngest goaltender to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender.
Stewart’s consistency is also unmatched by any other goaltender.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder is in the top five in the NHL in wins, saves and goals-against average.
In 2017-18, Stewart was named the Vezna Trophy finalist and the Hart Trophy finalists for the third straight year.
The Boston native is an excellent fit for an elite team like the Flyers, who desperately need an upgrade in goal.
Stewart is the perfect guy to play alongside Claude Giroux, who has emerged as one of the league’s best goalies.
Stewart also is a great fit for a contender like the Ducks.
Tyler Seguin (COL) Seguins emergence is the key to his future success.
His play has been a huge part of the Bruins’ rise this season, and it has been made even more impressive by his emergence in the playoffs.
In six postseason games, Seguino has posted a 3.11 goals-per-game average and is tied for second in the League with 10 shutouts in those games.
That is an astounding rate, but he has a chance to go even higher if he stays healthy.
In addition to his goals, Seggin is a tremendous puck-moving defenseman who has developed into a legitimate threat when playing in front of Giroux.
He has the potential to be a top-four defender in the long term.
Mattias Janmark (COL, NYI) It is difficult to imagine the Flyers not adding an elite goaltender with their first-round pick, and that is exactly what they did.
The team is already in the thick of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and it looks like the future of goalie Connor Hellebuyck is in store for the rest of the year.
In fact, the Flyers could be looking to add a goaltender for their third-round selection.
That prospect is 19-year-old Janmark, who is currently the youngest player in the NCAA (he turns 20 on Feb. 27).
He is a smart, skilled goalie who will be a good fit in Philadelphia.
Connor Carrick (CHI) One of the best players in Chicago’s system, the 23-year old Carrick is one of only two goaltenders in the organization to be named the League’s top goalie.
He was the NHL Rookie of the Year in 2017-2018 and also has five shutouts on the year, including one in the Stanley War Memorial final.
In 2018-19, he was named a finalist for the Veza Cup, the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Conn Cup.
Connor Murphy (ARI) Murphy is a young goaltender who has a strong foundation of work ethic.
He earned his first NHL shutout in November 2017, when he played the final four games of the season with a fractured collarbone.
He will turn 20 on April 29.
Murphy is an elite goaltending prospect, and he is ready to go for the Flyers in 2019-20.
Ryan Miller (COL/DET) Miller is another goaltender who could go far this season.
The 24-year the Philadelphia Flyers acquired Miller from the Dallas Stars in the 2019 NHL Draft is expected to be the team’s No. 1 goalie.
Miller is a veteran with a wealth of experience, and the Flyers should be thrilled to have him on board.
He is also a solid puck-mover and can also provide good leadership.
Ben Bishop (SJS) Bishop was the first NHL goalie selected in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft, and while he hasn’t played an NHL game, he is a dynamic talent who could provide great value to the Flyers.
He signed a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Flyers during the offseason.
Bishop is a solid, consistent puck-handler who will likely be a solid partner for Giroux in Philadelphia, which could allow the young forward to develop into a dominant goal-scorer.
Matt Beleskey (BUF) Belesky’s emergence this season has been remarkable.
He became the second goalie in league history to win both the Vezlich Trophy and Hart Memorial in 2017.
He finished second in goals-allowed per game in