It seems the NHL has a bright future with some of these studs on the horizon. Here's my top 10: 1)Sidney Crosby - Nothing to say really, other than the best 16 year old player I've seen since Lindros. 2)Gilbert Brule - Now, I know quite a few folks have never even seen Gilbert play, live or tv, but....as a Vancouverite, I've had the pleasure to watch this kid play many, many times. It's safe to say Brule is as naturally gifted as fellow North Vancouver product: Paul Kariya. Brule is about as well-rounded a 16 yr old you well ever find. Has the ability to go end-to-end and un-dress WHL defenceman. 3)Vitaly Anikeenko - The best U18 defenceman in the world for my $$$. Got a chance to finally see the young Russian play at the U17's in St.John's. An absolute tank of a kid, Vitaly is as physically imposing for his age as he is skilled. Can run a powerplay at ease with a lethal slap shot. 4)Guillame Latendresse - Could very well end up being the best player from the 2005 draft, no jokes. At 6'3'' Latendresse is already a bit of a monster on the ice. Idolizes Todd Bertuzzi, and it shows. Guillame likes to dangle with the puck, but also has a 'no nonsense' side to his game, which will lead to NHL stardom. 5)Phil Kessel - Maybe a bit of a stretch, considering he's tiny at 5'9'' 160 pounds, but this guy is just too skilled to look at size. From everything I've read and heard, Kessel is as quick as anyone, and perhaps the best 16 year old American since Mike Modano. 6)Danny Bertram - As a Giants fan, I was cursing for days once I heard the news that Bertram would be taking the college route, instead of playing in the WHL. Simply one of the most skilled 16 year olds you will find. Bertram combines overwhelming skating with a deadly release, and a nose for the net. Kind of small though. 7)Teemu Laakso - Tough decision between Laakso and Anikeenko, Teemu is right behind Anikeenko for me. This towering Fin is a skilled mofo from all reports, and easily the 2nd best U18 defenceman around. 8)Jack Johnson - Yet another great defenceman from the 2005 crop (2005 is a kick *** draft, BTW ). The American has good size and great skills. What sets Johnson apart from your average 16 year old defenceman is poise. This guy has NHL stalwart written all over em'. 9)Andrew Cogliano - A speedster. Cogliano, though small, more than makes up for it with blazing, near un-catchable speed. Lead his team (Ontario) to victory at the U17's, impressing everyone in the process. 10)Devin Setoguchi - Shows freakish maturity for a youngster. Played on argueably one of the worst CHL teams in history, but managed to put up solid numbers. Setoguchi has good size and loves to play the body, which scouts drool over. Well, there you have it folks, my version of the best 16/17 year olds in the world. Yours?