With the NHL in a lockout this year, I have a lot more time to follow what’s going on the the CHL. I must say that junior hockey is a great replacement for the NHL, these kids have speed, skills and the best thing determination. This is what makes the game of hockey great, when everyone on the ice wants to with and is ready to pay the price for it, and if you got this determination without even getting a paycheck at the end of the week, you’re sure to get a great game to watch.
This brings us to the IIHF World Junior Championship, this tournament involves everything above which gives us great hockey for every games played in this tournament. The kids are on fire, some wants to impress the scout for the 2013 draft(MacKinnon, and Jones) and some have already proven themselves to the scouts but are still expected to deliver(Nugent-Hopkins). I will be writing an article for each teams(only the ones that are worth writing about sorry Latvia fans) over the next few weeks until the tournament starts.
Of course I have to start with team Canada, and of course I expect them to bring back the gold to Canada this year. This team is going to be fully packed, because of the NHL lockout some Prospect that would’ve probably been playing in the NHL are now either in the minors or playing in the AHL, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jonathan Huberdeau(Panthers) and Ryan Strome(N.Y. Islanders) just to name a fews. With these guys in the lineup I expected Team Canada to dominate this tournament all the way.
And like every year there’s a few kids who are still undrafted and needs to prove tehmselfs to the scouts for the upcoming draft. The big names invited to the camp are Nathan MacKinnon(currently ranked number one for the 2013 draft), Jonathan Drouin and Sean Monahan.
So far the team Canada selection camp as 4 goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 20 forwards, I’ll be posting an update of every team when the final cuts are done just before the tournaments.
So with team Canada being able to use those older, bigger, stronger and more experienced players, what do you expect from the team this year? Another deception for a fourth year in a row or finally the gold back in Canada?