Top 25 Under 25

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The grand PPP tradition of ranking all players and prospects under 25. The event takes place every summer or whenever else we are given a month with no hockey.

2024 T25U25 - New Faces

10 new players have been added this year.

Top 25 Under 25 History - Part II

History that feels less ancient.

Top 25 Under 25 History - Part I

The past is another country.

Rethinking Timothy Liljegren

The problem with Liljegren is that people try to sell him hard. I invented the term "big success" just for him.

2023 T25U25: Final votes and rankings

Today another T25 comes to an end. It was one of the oddest, and also the best in some ways. The first T25 on an independent PPP has been fun, which makes it a success. But the prospect pool is very odd, difficult to judge no matter the method you use. We managed, though!

2023 Wrap Up Summary

The top four, arrived at by slightly different paths.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Matt Knies is #1

Rising like a phoenix to take over from that other guy from Arizona, Matt Knies is Toronto's best young player.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Timothy Liljegren is 2nd

Liljegren is only one of two players eligible for this list who is a regular NHL player, but he's also young enough that people still think that maybe he can still improve. Come see the debate about how good an NHLer he is, and if he can get better!

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Nick Robertson is 3rd

Nick Robertson has only played in 31 NHL games and 82 total games in the past three seasons, and the shine is off a former star prospect. Can he stay healthy and learn how to be effective in the NHL, or has his opportunity already slipped by?

Top 25 Under 25: Joseph Woll is 4th

The Maple Leafs are historically terrible at drafting and developing their own goalies. Will Woll be a Potvin or a Bibeau?

2023 T25U25 Week 4 Summary

The bulk of the T25 is over, and the only thing left is the final four – no cores in sight.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Conor Timmins is 5th

As the second oldest player eligible for this year's T25U25, Timmins is in a weird spot to consider in our rankings. The Maple Leafs are familiar with highly regarded defense prospects struggling to find their footing in the NHL. So where does that leave Timmins?

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Topi Niemelä is 6th

Topi Niemelä is one of the few defensive prospects in Toronto's system, and clearly the best at this point. He'll start this year in the AHL likely as a top pair defensemen. How much do you buy into his NHL future?

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Pontus Holmberg is 7th

One of the more debated areas of our annual rankings comes when we look at players who have gotten into a handful of NHL games, but haven't yet stuck in a full time role. Pontus Holmberg certainly fits this type of player after his AHL and NHL rookie season.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Fraser Minten is 8th

Fraser Minten completed his third season with the Kamloops Blazers, finishing fourth in team scoring with 67 points in 57 games.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Roni Hirvonen is 9th

Hirvonen is a prospect that's difficult to project because of where and how he's played. He's been in Finland's pro league before Toronto even drafted him, as well as being part of Team Finland in various junior tournaments for years. But who is he as a player by now?

2023 T25U25: Week Three Summary

The third week of this year's top 25 brings us into the range of players that ordinary people may actually have heard of.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Easton Cowan is 10th

Say hello to Easton Cowan, the Leafs first round pick from the 2023 NHL Draft. And as is inevitably the case, he's not simply allowed to be a prospect, but a foil for arguments about the NHL team today. Let's begin his T25U25 profile with what

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Nick Abruzzese is 11th

Sitting just outside the top 10 is a 24 year old forward who played his first professional season last year.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Nikita Grebyonkin is 12th

Grebyonkin is in a quite interesting place as a prospect. There are some reasons to think highly of him, but also reasons to be skeptical. I am here to tell you why you should be getting all aboard the Greb hype train.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Nicholas Moldenhauer is 13th

Last year's third round pick, Nicholas Moldenhauer, had a strong final season in the USHL for the Chicago Steel ahead of his move to the NCAA with the University of Michigan. Moldenhauer could fool you as a Yank with all those red, white, and blue words, but the truth is he's from Mississauga.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Alex Steeves is 14th

NHL, or AAA+? This is the season where we will know.

2023 T25U25: Week Two Summary

The second week of voting shows a lot of agreement about who should be at the bottom of this list.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Ty Voit is 15th

Sarnia is the oft-overlooked little brother, and Ty Voit is a prospect that seems to fit that role too. He's unusual for an OHL player in that he's American, and that means he has to really wow them back in Colorado Springs to make the national team.
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