When it comes to the Rangers, Islanders and Devils, the bromide, "Youth must be served," must be altered to a more realistic stance.
More like the question: How well are the youngsters on our trio of local clubs helping their teams to the playoffs?
In our contemporary age of ultra-firewagon-hockey, the under 25-set has taken on a more massive responsibility.
Clearly — and with very few exceptions — the younger the talent, the faster the player. And if you don’t believe me, check out Connor McDavid, reigning Hart Trophy winner.
Or, if you want to get closer to home, look to Mathew Barzal of the Islanders, who is rapidly redefining high-speed hockey — with results. Try the following evaluations on for size: