If you are looking to find out who the next great young players in the NHL will be, all you have to do is watch the NHL network for the next few weeks to give you an idea.
That is because they are airing every game that Team Canada and Team USA will play in the World Junior Championships.
Not only will you get to see the next great players in the game early in their careers, but you will also see some remarkable hockey.
It will also be a wonderful precursor to the Olympics for those like me who have tons on National Pride.
Over the last number of years, the best players in the world right now participated in this tournament with great success. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Corey Perry, Patrice Bergeron, Steven Stamkos and countless other have made a name for themselves in the WJC and this year will be no different.
The United States, Canada and Russia have very deep rosters and they are not alone. Sweden and Finland are also both talented and should contend for medals once again.
Some big names to look out for over the course of the two-week tournament are Elias Lindholm and Flip Forsberg of Sweden; Mikhail Grigorenko, Bogdan Yakimov and Valentin Zykov of Russia; Teuvo Teravainen and Julius Honka of Finland; Jake Paterson, Sam Reinhart, Conner McDavid and Anthony Mantha of Canada; As well as Riley Barber, Jon Gillies, Stefan Matteau and Andrew Copp of Team USA.
No matter who skates away with the gold, this is a great event every year where hockey fans can take a glimpse into the future and see who the stars of tomorrow will be.
- World Junior Hockey Championship 2014: Dates, Schedule, Teams, Bracket and More (bleacherreport.com)
- 2014 World Junior Championship: Preliminary Rosters for Competing Teams (unitedstatesofhockey.com)