Kids rule, veterans drool. Well, not quite, but eight of the NHL’s top 50 scorers in 2018-19 played on entry-level contracts. Among that group, seven were third-year players set to become restricted free agents this summer. Auston Matthews and Jake Guentzel inked their contract extensions in-season, but five of the league’s top young point-getters – Mitch Marner, Brayden Point, Mikko Rantanen, Sebastian Aho and Matthew Tkachuk – are headed toward the off-season as unsigned RFAs. And that quintet barely scratches the surface of the RFA board for 2019, which also includes snipers Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor, defensemen Jacob Trouba and Charlie McAvoy and goalie Jordan Binnington.
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