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The NHL has become a young mans game. Austin Johnson Jersey . Teenagers such as?Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and others are not only commanding attention, but are forever changing the NHL landscape.Heres our weekly look at the young NHL players who are on a roll -- and those who need to step up their game. Behold, the under-24 player rankings.HotJimmy Vesey, New York RangersI actually waffled on whether to highlight Vesey or another top young Rangers forward, J.T. Miller. Both of them have been crucial to a New York attack that has seen the Rangers jump out of the gate with an 8-3 record and lead the league offensively, averaging 4.09 goals per game. Vesey has fit seamlessly into the Rangers attack after signing with New York as a free agent out of Harvard, tying for the team lead with six goals and adding three assists. The 6-foot-3 left winger has earned head coach Alain Vigneaults trust and is averaging 2:41 minutes in power-play time a night and has delivered two power-play goals and three man-advantage points. For the record, Miller, 23, another left winger, leads the Rangers with 12 points. The two have combined for 18 points in New Yorks last seven games.Sam Bennett, Calgary FlamesThe Flames are still trying to dig their way out of an ugly 1-4-1 start, but as of Friday morning theyd clawed their way back into third place in the Pacific Division. As Calgarys young offensive stars go, so go the Flames. So its no coincidence that Bennett, the teams 20-year-old center, has taken off, with three goals and four assists in his past seven games after starting the season with a five-game pointless streak.Joel Eriksson Ek, Minnesota WildThe talented 19-year-old center taken 20th overall in the 2015 draft is getting a chance to show his wares with the Wild, who have suffered multiple injuries up front. So far Eriksson Ek has shown he has NHL-worthy skills. Now, has he earned a spot long term? Its hard to argue that he hasnt, as Eriksson Ek has scored twice -- including a game-winner -- in spite of taking just seven shots on goal. He added three assists in just six games for the Wild, who are off to a solid 6-3-1 start in the tough Central Division. Head coach Bruce Boudreau is being cautious with his young forward, allotting him just 10:51 in ice time a night. But if Eriksson Ek sticks around, look for that number and his offensive numbers to make an upward tick.NotOscar Klefbom, Edmonton OilersNo question, the Oilers are in the process of turning a corner. That doesnt mean this isnt a team without question marks, and one of them has to do with the offensive production from the back end. Edmontons defensemen have contributed a total of three goals to the cause this season. While the Oilers are miles ahead of where they once were in terms of their defensive play, they also expect players like Adam Larsson, Darnell Nurse (who has two of the three goals from the defensive corps) and Klefbom to chip in on the other side of the puck. Given the offensive smarts shown by the 23-year-old Klefbom in a limited role last season -- he had four goals and eight assists in 30 games -- it would be reasonable to expect a similar arc this season. It hasnt turned out that way just yet, as Klefbom has collected two assists in 11 games. He is averaging more than two minutes a night in power-play time, but has registered only four power play shots on goal.Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay LightningAnother reminder that young stars, no matter their pedigree, dont necessarily follow a straight line in terms of development. Everyone knows Drouins backstory, his demand for a trade a year ago and how he eventually returned to the fold and re-established himself as a key building block, with 14 points in 17 playoff games for the Lightning. This season, though, Drouin has seen some more ups and downs; he missed Thursdays game against the Bruins after taking an elbow to the head in a game earlier this week. Drouin, 21, has just two goals on the season. Before his injury, the left winger had just one goal and zero assists in his previous seven games. Head coach Jon Coopers confidence in him has clearly wavered as Drouin has moved from playing with Steven Stamkos to a lower-profile role in the lineup in recent days.Robby Fabbri, St. Louis BluesLast spring the emergence of Fabbri, 20, as a legitimate NHL scoring threat helped propel the Blues to the Western Conference finals. The 21st overall pick in 2014 had 15 points in 20 postseason games for the Blues and the young left wing was being counted on by the Blues to continue to add juice to a younger, more speed-based offense this season. So far thats been a challenge for Fabbri, who has yet to score in 11 games and has just three assists. Its not just Fabbris fault, of course, as the Blues are mired in a significant offensive swoon and are coming off a 6-2 thrashing at the hands of the Dallas Stars.?But theres also no doubt that head coach Ken Hitchcock -- who has been busily mixing up his forward line combinations, looking for a spark -- would like to see Fabbri return to the form that made him so critical to the Blues attack last spring.Young guns showdown of the week?Ivan Provorov (Philadelphia Flyers) vs. Nathan Beaulieu (Montreal Canadiens), Saturday, 7 p.m. ETTwo young defensemen crucial to their respective teams long-term blue-line plans will square off Saturday night in Montreal. The Canadiens have been dynamite through the first month and remain the only team without a regulation loss, thanks in large part to the arrival of Shea Weber from Nashville. The 6-foot-2 Beaulieu has played some with Weber, although he has more recently settled into a third-line pairing. At some point, though, Beaulieus puck-moving skills should see him move back up the lineup. Meanwhile, Provorov, 19, is a key part of a youth movement in Philadelphia. The Flyers are 6-5-1 and have made a habit of late-game comebacks. Provorov, the seventh overall NHL draft pick in 2015, is averaging 19:50 minutes a night and has chipped in five assists. Quinton Spain Jersey . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division. Derrick Henry Jersey . The Australian is competing in his final season in Formula One and still looking for his first win this year. He will look to end Vettels run of six straight race wins on Sunday. Webber, who is fifth in the championship, earned his second pole from the past three races and 13th of his career. http:///...e-mcnair-jersey.html . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. HOUSTON -- San Diegos Philip Rivers read all week about the Texans being 5-0 at home. He decided the Chargers should be the ones to end their perfect record in Houston.I dont like getting caught up in too much bulletin-board stuff, but I liked that, the fact this team was unbeaten at home, so lets go change that, Rivers said. It was in my head all week that we could stop the streak.Rivers did just that, throwing for 242 yards and three touchdowns to give the Chargers a 21-13 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Sunday. Dontrelle Inman had 119 yards receiving and a touchdown to help San Diego (5-6) to the victory.The Texans (6-5) were done in by four turnovers, including three interceptions by Brock Osweiler . He was so bad Sunday that coach Bill OBrien was asked twice after the game if hed considered benching him for backup Tom Savage.OBrien said he wouldnt be benched but didnt elaborate, and Osweiler took the blame for the loss.I need to play better for us to win, he said. I feel like our team gave us the opportunity to win today and I didnt play up to what Im capable of doing, and thats on me and Ill get that cleaned up.The Chargers were up by four in the fourth quarter when Rivers evaded the rush and delivered a 25-yard pass to Inman. Kareem Jackson was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the play, leaving San Diego at the 12-yard line. Rivers delivered a touchdown pass to rookie Hunter Henry on the next play to push the lead to 21-10.Osweilers second interception came after that when he badly overthrew C.J. Fiedorowicz and Dwight Lowery made the easy grab.Houston added a field goal with 37 seconds left and recovered an onside kick. But Osweilers first shot at the end zone was knocked down, and the second one was intercepted as time expired.It was yet another shaky performance for Osweiler, who has struggled in his first year in Houston after leaving to Denver to sign a $72 million contract. He has 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Despite his inconsistent play and a second straight loss, the Texans still have a 1/2 game lead on Tennessee in the weak AFC South .Houston was driving in the third quarter when Lamar Miller fumbled at the end of a 20-yard run. Brian Orakpo Jersey. He was initially ruled down, but San Diego challenged the call and it was overturned. But it didnt matter much as an interception by Quintin Demps gave Houston the ball back four plays later.The Texans had a first down at the 6-yard line on their next drive before the offense stalled and they settled for a 19-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-10 early in the fourth quarter.Rivers found a wide-open Inman for a 52-yard touchdown pass that tied it at 7 in the second quarter. Osweiler was intercepted by Casey Hayward on the next drive, and San Diego took a 14-7 lead when Rivers connected with Tyrell Williams on a 21-yard scoring pass.Our defense has done an outstanding job ... of creating turnovers, San Diego coach Mike McCoy said. Weve made the most of those opportunities.The Texans led 7-0 after a 1-yard touchdown run by Osweiler in the second quarter. Rookie Will Fuller had a 33-yard reception on that drive to put Houston in scoring position.COMIC RELIEFAt the conclusion of the first quarter referee Jeff Triplette turned on his microphone to announce that it was the end of the third quarter. He immediately realized his mistake and corrected himself while laughing and smiling.CHASING 1,000San Diegos second-year RB Melvin Gordon had 70 yards rushing on Sunday to leave him 92 yards away from reaching 1,000 yards for the first time. The last time the Chargers had a 1,000-yard rusher was in 2013 when Ryan Mathews had 1,255 yards.MISSING OUTSan Diego rookie fullback Derek Watt was disappointed he missed a chance to play against his brother J.J. Watt on Sunday with the Texans star defensive end out for the season after back surgery.Obviously that would have been a pretty special experience, Derek Watt said. We never had that opportunity in athletic competition outside of just messing around stuff.UP NEXTChargers : Host Tampa Bay next Sunday.Texans : Play their next two on the road, starting with a trip to Green Bay next Sunday.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '