ESPN Insider Neil Greenberg has posted his list of the top NHL players 25 and younger (Insider content) and the Bruins are well represented with three players in the top 20, although not necessarily in the order one might expect.
The rankings were based on players' career-to-date performance in the regular season and the playoffs, weighing conventional statistics (goals, assists and shots on goal) and advanced metrics that take into account the context in which the players are on the ice (such as puck possession, zone starts and quality of competition faced). How the performances of linemates are affected when a particular player is on and off the ice also was considered.
At No. 17 is Milan Lucic (down from last year's No. 14 ranking). Here's an excerpt of Greenberg's take:
Lucic won a roster spot with the Bruins as a 19-year-old in 2007-08 and has amassed 90 goals and 212 points in 359 games since. Click HERE for full write-up.
At No. 12 is Tyler Seguin (previously unranked). Here's an excerpt of Greenberg's take:
Seguin led the Bruins in goals (29) and points (67) and became a better two-way player this past season, posting a 18.4 Corsi relative to the competition, good for fourth best in the league. Click HERE for full write-up.
And at No. 10 is Brad Marchand (previously unranked). Here's an excerpt of Greenberg's take:
Marchand is a two-way player who logged 17:37 per game for Boston, including 2:09 with the man advantage and 1:23 with the penalty-killing unit, and notched his second straight 20-plus goal season. Click HERE for full write-up.