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The best NHL player at every age: 24 to 29

Tyler Seguin, center, and Artemi Panarin, right, are among the NHL's elite scorers. But which one of them is the league's best 25-year-old? Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

Last week, we looked at the league's top players among those aged 18 through 23, and today we're moving on to examine the superstars who are in their prime.

This makes the job much harder, having to choose between Jamie Benn, Sidney Crosby, Drew Doughty, Victor Hedman, Braden Holtby, Patrick Kane, Erik Karlsson, Carey Price, Tyler Seguin, Steven Stamkos, Vladimir Tarasenko, John Tavares and Jonathan Toews, all of whom are in this 24-to-29 age range; which six should be selected as the top player at each respective age?

Much as when this challenge was first taken on in 2013-14 and 2014-15, a variety of hockey statistics will be used to shed some dispassionate and objective light on the debate.

Even with all these numbers floating around, there is still a fair deal of interpretation to pack into our analysis, so ultimately these choices can be considered my own personal opinions, and wide open to other perspectives. Remember that those in their 30s and up will be tackled in the next piece.

Here we go!