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Top 25 Under 25, Winter 2013

A ranking of the Ottawa Senators' top 25 players under the age of 25, as of winter 2013.

Top 25 under 25, no. 3: Robin Lehner

Goalie of the future, watch him go! The best goalie prospect the Ottawa Senators have ever had.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 4: Jakob Silfverberg

Jakob Silfverberg looked like he was ready for NHL action last season, but elected to return to Sweden for another year. It looks to have been a wise decision.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 5: Jared Cowen

Gone but certainly not forgotten, Jared Cowen won't suit up for the Ottawa Senators this season and he will be sorely missed. He is already one of the best defencemen on this team, and he just turned 22.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 6: Mika Zibanejad

Mika Zibanejad has had a bit of an adventure since being drafted sixth overall at the 2011 NHL entry draft, but he is now giving fans reason for optimism.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 7: Cody Ceci

Cody Ceci was the first-round draft choice of the Ottawa Senators last summer, and he shot up the prospect depth chart and stands at the seventh spot.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 8: Patrick Wiercioch

It has been a roller coaster ride for Patrick Wiercioch but he's finally made it to the show and looks good. He checks in at number eight on our countdown.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 9: Mark Stone

While his adjustment to the pro game in Binghamton has been slower than some fans expected, Mark Stone remains a promising prospect for the Senators.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 10: Stefan Noesen

Despite a 10-game suspension keeping him out of the World Juniors and decreased offensive production, Stefan Noesen is still one of Ottawa's most highly-regarded prospects, so much so that he even made a surprise appearance at the Senators' abbreviated 2013 training camp.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 12: Stephane Da Costa

When Stephane Da Costa was signed as a free agent by Ottawa a few summers ago, he seemed like a potential solution to Ottawa's then-longstanding need for a second-line centreman. Since then, the Sens have gone out and acquired a bunch of other young

Top 25 Under 25, no. 13: Matt Puempel

Matt Puempel is a goal scorer, pure and simple. Despite the fact that his development has been set back by injuries, he's still among the top snipers in the Ottawa Senators system.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 14: Shane Prince

Another in a line of undersized skilled forwards, and another in a line of players plucked from the Senators backyard, Shane Prince looks to have a bright future with the Senators.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 15: Mike Hoffman

From being cut by his hometown team and passed over in the draft to QMJHL MVP and leader of his AHL squad, Mike Hoffman has seen his ups and downs. The time is fast approaching where his future in this organization is going to be decided.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 16: Andre Petersson

Andre Petersson can score goals. He can put up points. He's already made his NHL debut, and he was only 5 points shy of leading the Binghamton Senators in points last season. But his 2012-13 has been a bit of a disaster.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 17: Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Jean-Gabriel Pageau was taken in the fourth round by the Senators back in the 2011 draft and has already made the jump to the AHL. The bigger question is what's to come.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 18: Mark Borowiecki

Coming in at number eighteen on our Top 25 Under 25 is a current roster player: defenceman Mark Borowiecki.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 19: Fredrik Claesson

Coming in at number nineteen on Silver Seven's Top 25 Under 25 is a Swedish stay-at-home defender. Fredrik Claesson is playing his first season in North America, manning the blueline in Binghamton after spending his junior career in the Djurgarden.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 20: Mikael Wikstrand

One of the more surprising names to crack this list comes in at the twentieth spot: Swedish defenceman Mikael Wikstrand. The Mora defender is playing in Sweden's second-tier Allsvenskan, but looks to challenge for a roster spot in years to come.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 21: Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien seemed precariously close to being labelled a failed prospect after the 2009-10 season, but some hard work on his part shot him up the team's depth chart and comfortably settled into the Ottawa Senators' fourth line.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 22: Jarrod Maidens

Jarrod Maidens had significant injury setbacks in his young career, but he's still got the potential to develop into an offensive contributor at the pro level.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 23: Kaspars Daugavins

Kaspars Daugavins finally got his NHL shot last season, and made the most of it. But is he limited to fourth-line duty, or can he become more than that in his sophomore season?

Top 25 Under 25, no. 24: Eric Gryba

The Top 25 Under 25 series continues with a look at one of the defensive defecemen in the system. Eric Gryba graduated from Boston University and has spent the last few seasons policing the blueline in Binghamton.

Top 25 Under 25, no. 25: Derek Grant

The Michigan State alum is now in his second season as a pro. We take a look at what kind of future he may have in this organization and the NHL as a whole.