Here's our 10 guys to keep an eye on at the 2014 World Juniors in no particular order:
There are some people out there that are convinced Grigorenko is actually 22-years-old, but he has the right paper work and will suit up again for
Russia in what will be in his third World Juniors. Grigorenko
comes into the tournament with the most NHL experience having already suited
up for 43 NHL games and should be an offensive spark for Russia's top line.
The Chicago Blackhawk first rounder from 2012 lit up the tournament last year with 5 goals and 11 points in 6 games for 4th in tournament scoring. Teravainen with his slick hands and creative playmaking ability will be carrying the load offensively for Finland this year who don't want a repeat of last year where they didn't make the playoff round. Teravainen looked dominant in the pre-tournament games (especially against Canada) so we're expecting big things from the Finn.
Lindholm is a great all-round player and a big addition for Sweden on loan from the Carolina Hurricanes. Taken 5th overall lastJune, Lindholm has put up 7 points in 21 NHL games so far and will be one of the top players for
as they go for gold at home this year. We're expecting big things from Lindholm and hopefully a highlight reel goal or two.
A 6th round pick in 2012 by the Washington Captials, Barber is turning into one of the steals of the draft. Last year he put up 39 points for
( Ohio) and is
on fire this year with 28 points in 18 games. Barber is a returning player from
last years team and will captain Team USA in their quest for repeat gold although he might miss Alex Galchenyuk's giving spirit around the holidays.
One of the top draft prospects for the 2014 Draft, Ekblad is already a 17-year-old man. Listed at 6'4", 217lbs, Ekblad has a bomb of a shot and can grow a Henrik Zetterberg beard already. He's a big boy who can generate offence and we're excited to see how he follows up his solid performance at this year's Ivan Hlinka tourney where he had 5 points in 5 games en route to Canada gold.