Which teams possess the best young talent?

As part of the series of articles on the top teams in various aspects of their squads, the focus here is on which clubs boast the most talented young players, some yet to make their mark and some who have already proven their skills at the biggest stage.

23-year-old Emma Ekenman-Fernis already has three seasons of top-flight experience under her belt and will be responsible for many goals on the right-hand side of the court, while fellow Swedish international Johanna Forsberg is also a prolific scorer.

4. HC Podravka Vegeta

Podravka boosted their squad with some experienced internationals over the summer, but young home-grown talent plays a big part in the team with six of the squad were born in 2000 or later.

The standout rising star and summer signing from Krim is Tjasa Stanko. The 21-year-old can play anywhere in the back court, scored 112 goals over the past two seasons in this competition and was voted the best young player in the 2017/18 season.

3. Buducnost

Despite bolstering the squad with high-profile internationals this summer, Buducnost will still be relying on the youth developed over the past few seasons by coach Dragan Adzic.

As Buducnost make their biggest push to reach Budapest since their last appearance in 2017, we will see which of their six players aged under 20 years old will make an impact.

2. Metz

1. FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria

Undoubtedly the most talented young squad in the competition, which excited us all in the middle of the season, before falling short at the quarter-final stage for the fourth year in a row.

TEXT: Chris O’Reilly


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