Wow, I really think it's crazy to speak about 13-year-old boys and their potential future...
In most cases it is. On the other hand (as mentioned above) Mikael Granlund already played in JR.C SM-sarja at this age and finished 7th in overall scoring with 21 points in 13 games, while playing against players that were two years older than him. It was evident already at that age that he had some unique talent and therefore great potential. He was short, skinny and by far not the fastest player on the ice, but he made up for it with other skills. He read the game like an open book and outsmarted the opponents with ease. His passing was phenomenal and the finesse that he showed was awesome. In addition of being an offensive threat, he was also an elite player defensively and the most valuable player on his team, a clear leader of the team.
Of course players like Granlund are few and far between and there are plenty of examples of these prospects not making to the top level or even Mestis. Nevertheless it's nice to hear about upcoming talent and that's also the reason why many of us read this forum.
As far as 96-born players are concerned, I honestly think that Kasper Kapanen and Miikka Pitkänen are not that far behind from what Granlund was at this age. In the end, it might not mean much, but it will be interesting to see where they end up.
… And if the young talented athlete can’t handle the sudden extra attention that his getting at 13 or 14, there’s a good chance that he never will. There’s also a lot of talk about promising footballers/figure skaters/violin players… as well, and it often starts a lot earlier than in hockey. The world where we live is not perfect.