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Jonas Gustavsson took one of the least likely routes to the National Hockey League…
Dion Phaneuf first began playing at a high level of hockey in 2001 after he was drafted by the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey Leaugue. As a 16-year-old, Phaneuf had a very strong rookie season with the Rebels. He scored just 17 points in 67 games, but he finished the season with a plus-21 rating and a total of 170 penalty minutes
Phil Kessel’s career really took a huge step forward when he joined the United States National Under-18 Team. He was just as much of a goal scorer and point producer as he is now when he played for the U-18 team. Over two seasons, Kessel, who was 16 when he began playing for the team, scored 32 goals and 58 points over two seasons (44 games).