With a massive increase in the number of people watching the game, the popularity of hockey in Canada is at an all-time high.
Here are some players that could soon be making their mark on the world of sports.
Joffrey Lupul-Cabarrot (Montreal Canadiens)With his flashy style, Lupul is the perfect example of the sport that he’s playing in.
He’s also the most sought-after young talent in the NHL right now.
In a league where the top talent is being bought and sold like crazy, Lupu is going to be one of the most coveted talents in the sport for years to come.
The 18-year-old forward has already signed a six-year, $22 million deal with the Montreal Canadiens.
Pavel Datsyuk (Pittsburgh Penguins)Datsyak is a player that’s going to make his mark on a lot of people.
He might not be a superstar like Malkin, but Dats has the skills to become a superstar in the future.
He has a lot going for him.
He is a very talented player, and his big shot is an asset.
His offensive game could be even better than his defensive game.
He was second on the team with 24 goals in 2014-15.
Evgeny Kuznetsov (San Jose Sharks)Kuznetov was drafted fifth overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2014 NHL Draft.
He quickly proved himself as a dynamic scorer.
He scored 38 goals and added 53 assists in his first full season in the League.
He became a regular in the Sharks lineup and even helped the team win the Stanley Cup last year.
Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)Ovechko has been an absolute superstar for the Capitals this season.
He won the Presidents Trophy as the best player in the league and had 27 goals and 37 assists in 43 games.
He helped Washington to a Stanley Cup Final appearance.
Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild)The 19-year old winger has one of Canada’s best offensive talents, but he’s also one of our top prospects.
He could be a top-six forward in the National Hockey League.
Tyler Toffoli (Philadelphia Flyers)The 23-year older winger has put up a lot in his time in the United States.
He put up 32 goals and 49 assists in 49 games in 2014, the best scoring season of his career.
He went on to win the Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie and helped the Flyers to the Stanley Final last year and a berth in the playoffs.
Evander Kane (New York Rangers)Kane has been the face of the New York Rangers since they were a hockey team in the early 2000s.
He also helped them win the Presidents’ Trophy as their top player in 2013-14.
Filip Forsberg (Vancouver Canucks)The 21-year veteran winger has been one of Vancouver’s top offensive threats this season, scoring 29 goals and 40 assists in 61 games.
Forsberg also led the team in scoring for a second consecutive season and has been named the Vezina Trophy winner for the second time in his career this season after leading the league in scoring.
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)The 22-year olds biggest strength is his size.
He can go anywhere on the ice and he’s extremely physical.
The Oilers have a lot to prove this season and he could be their best player going forward.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Los Angeles Kings)Nugent-Hoppas top-line partner is one of many players that has made an impact in the Kings organization.
He started his career in Anaheim before moving to New York in 2016.
He made his NHL debut with the Kings on March 1 and has become a regular for them.
Jakub Voracek (San Diego Sharks)Voracek has been a dominant player for the Sharks this season as well as one of their top forwards.
He led the Sharks in scoring with 37 goals and 47 assists in 51 games last season.
Connor Murphy (Chicago Blackhawks)Murphy has had an incredible season for the Blackhawks, putting up 29 goals in his final season in Chicago.
He finished the season with 51 goals and 79 assists in 82 games.
Alexander Ovechnikov (Arizona Coyotes)Ovi has been dominating in his second season with the Coyotes.
He had his best season in 2014-’15 and is one the best offensive forwards in the entire League.
Nicklas Backstrom (Arizona Wild)A young goaltender has a huge role in this Wild team, but it’s Backstrom who has the best chance to be a future Hall of Famer.
He set the record for wins in a season last season and is still in the prime of his playing career.
Max Pacioretty (Montréal Canadiens)The 26-year