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By Daniel Friedman
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The great states of New York and New Jersey aren’t exactly known as a breeding ground for star hockey players, though there are quite a few people who’d say differently.

Massapequa’s Sonny Milano was drafted by Columbus in this year’s first round, and there are a number of young players from the area who could find themselves in NHL lineups in the coming years.

Here are the 10 best active ones from NY/NJ:

10. Rob Scuderi — Syosset, NY

(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Known more for his defensive ability, Scuderi has been part of multiple Stanley Cup winners in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. He’s lost a step but is still a quality blueliner.

9. Erik Cole — Oswego, NY

(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Cole’s best days are behind him, but his ability as a forward shouldn’t be questioned. He’s a veteran presence with plenty of mileage.

8. Brian Gionta — Rochester, NY

(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Another veteran forward who is past his prime. Wasn’t too long ago that Gionta was a respectable point producer, even despite his (lack of) size.

7. Ryan Callahan — Rochester, NY

(Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

The ex-Ranger captain wears his heart on his sleeve and there’s no reason to expect anything different from him in Tampa Bay.

6. Dustin Brown — Ithaca, NY

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Brown’s a good leader and a physical presence, but he’s also capable of putting up points, if and when he wants to do that again. I think he’ll get back there.

5. Jimmy Howard — Ogdensburg, NY

 (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Howard might be one of the more underrated goaltenders in the NHL. He’s done an excellent job for Detroit the last few years.

4. Bobby Ryan — Cherry Hill, NJ

(Photo by Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)

He hasn’t been as productive since the trade to Ottawa, but as far as talent goes, Ryan is off the charts.

3. James van Riemsdyk — Middletown, NJ

 (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

(Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Finally blossoming into the star forward he was expected to become, “JVR” is not only one of the best wingers on the Maple Leafs, but also one of the best in America.

2. Kevin Shattenkirk — New Rochelle, NY

(Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

He’s an elite puck-moving defenseman and a top-three in the U.S. at that position. Shattenkirk should be a big part of a Blues squad that will contend for years to come.

1. Patrick Kane — Buffalo, NY

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Kane is a top-tier player. He’s just about everything you want in a superstar forward and is one of the most dynamic wingers in the NHL. Scoring ability, hands, speed — it’s all there.

Honorable Mentions: Brandon Sutter (Huntington, NY), Lee Stempniak (Buffalo, NY), Kyle Palmieri (Smithtown, NY), Chris Higgins (Smithtown, NY), Eric Nystrom (Syosset, NY).

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