The factors taken in to consideration are the players age, contract, and overall performance.
Nick Backstrom comes in at number 19 on the list:
After a 69-point rookie season, the skilled Swedish playmaker sure looks like he could have 100-point potential in the not-too-distant future.
Mike Green isn't too far ahead at number 17:
Turned in a spectacular 2007-2008 season, emerging as possibly the most electrifying young offensive defenceman in the game.
And of course at number one, just edging out some kid from Pittsburgh, Alex Ovechkin:
163 goals and 310 points in three seasons, combined with a contract that will keep him in D.C. through 2021, makes Ovechkin the premier asset in the game today.
50 - 26 are all here on an earlier column.