Top 25 Under 25 in women's hockey: Follow the countdown
We voted on our top choices for the top 25 players in women's hockey. You can follow along as we unveil our selections here.
Welcome to the inaugural rankings of the top 25 players under 25 in women's hockey!
Before you read any farther, you should probably be warned: this was an extremely difficult list to compile. With all the talent in the NCAA, U Sports, NWHL, CWHL and other leagues across the globe, choosing the very best rising stars isn't easy.
But we're pretty happy with the list we compiled, which we'll reveal day by day in the coming weeks, starting with No. 25 and working our way down until we unveil our No. 1 pick. You can follow along with our rankings here.
No. 25: Denisa Krizova
No. 24: Sarah Potomak
No. 23: Katie Burt
No. 22: Emily Clark
No. 21: Erin Ambrose
No. 20: Amanda Pelkey
No. 19: Dani Cameranesi
No. 18: Alina Müller
No. 17: Susanna Tapani
No. 16: Kelsey Koelzer
No. 15: Cayley Mercer
No. 14: Shiann Darkangelo
No. 13: Annie Pankowski
No. 12: Nicole Hensley
No. 11: Halli Krzyzaniak
No. 10: Ludmila Belyakova
No. 9: Renata Fast
No. 8: Haley Skarupa
No. 7: Sarah Nurse
No. 6: Emily Pfalzer
No. 5: Lara Stalder
No. 4: (TIE) Megan Keller and Hannah Brandt
No. 3: Emerance Maschmeyer
No. 2: Ann-Renée Desbiens
No. 1: Alex Carpenter
We first compiled a list of as many top players under 25 in women's hockey, pulling from the NCAA, U Sports, SDHL, NWHL, CWHL and other international team rosters.
Players were eligible for voting if they were 24 or younger as of August 30, 2017: If they turned 25 on September 1, they were eligible. If they turned 25 on August 31, they weren't up for consideration.
11 staff members compiled ballots of players from our original list. Players were given points for where they were ranked - a No. 1 ranking gave them 25 points, No. 2 got 24 points, etc.
After voting was done, we added every player's point total together and then ranked the totals. The player with the highest total was our No. 1 and so on.
After we're done with our countdown, we'll have an honorable mentions post with some of the supremely talented players who somehow didn't make this list (and there are several of them).
We'll update our rankings with a post a day, starting at No. 25 and working our way down to our No. 1 overall pick.
Let us know what you think of our rankings in the comments!