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...the nation’s top under-18 players, who will make up Canada’s squad for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in August


The Ivan Hlinka is one of hockey’s hidden gems... true gauge for the best national teams at the level, as all the best players are generally available to play (many are tied up with playoffs in April).

In goal, Canada has a strong crop this year...Daniel Altshuller...Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound Matt Murray.

Francois Tremblay and Dominic Graham are also capable of stealing the show... favorite Canadian under-18 goaltender, Chris Driedger, did not get an invite....think that actually just proves how competitive this position will be for the tournament...

D-men...Matt Dumba of the Red Deer Rebels...Dumba is extremely dynamic and can change the momentum of a game with his stick or body. He’s the kind of player who gets fans on their feet and can intimidate opponents with his presence. ... Niagara IceDog Jesse Graham...

...forward... Hunter Shinkaruk...Shinkaruk is an absolute rink rat and has that love and passion for the game that is truly genuine and exciting....On the ice he’s very intelligent and very slippery with the puck.

Sean Monahan...Monahan is a born winner and plays a style of game that coaches and teammates love. He has multiple gears and always seems to be one of the most noticeable players on the ice when crunch time hits.

...most underrated player in the mix at forward is Brandon Magee.  Magee is a warrior and is potentially the best two-way player in the group.Magee is almost guaranteed to be one of the biggest dark horses/wildcards of the 2012 NHL draft, jump on his bandwagon now because he just doesn’t let you down.










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Round 1

Oscar Klefbom Edmonton

Round 2

Miikka Salomaki Nashville


Round 3

Daniel Catenacci  Buffalo

Round 4

Gregory Hofmann  Carolina


Round 5

Shane McColgan New York Rangers


Round 6

David Broll  Toronto


Round 7

Zac Larraza Phoenix

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....2012 draft class....

...Connor Murphy and Robbie Russo with the U.S.... Jacob Trouba and Seth Jones (the latter not eligible until 2013)...Nikita Kucherov...two linemates, Mikhail Grigorenko and Nail Yakupov...

...Sweden's Mika Zibanejad and Victor Rask...Filip Forsberg. Underagers Olli Maatta and Ville Pokka for Finland..
...Czech Republic's Martin Frk

Grigorenko has to be the odds-on favorite to be the top dog...

Add to the mix a strong crop of Western Canadian defensemen (such as Morgan Rielly)...

hockeyfan1:
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The Ivan Hlinka Tournament....

Led by Woodbridge native, Andreas Athanasiou, who has been compared to a (Taylor) Hall/(Steven) Stamkos/(John)Tavares type,  Team Canada's U-18 squad not only advanced to the Semi-final game against Team Russia on Friday, but has outscored their opponents by a margin of 12-1, during their two straight victories (lone defeat coming at the hands of Team Sweden, 5-1).

Bender:

--- Quote from: hockeyfan1 on August 04, 2011, 01:53:46 AM ---link


....2012 draft class....

...Connor Murphy and Robbie Russo with the U.S.... Jacob Trouba and Seth Jones (the latter not eligible until 2013)...Nikita Kucherov...two linemates, Mikhail Grigorenko and Nail Yakupov...

...Sweden's Mika Zibanejad and Victor Rask...Filip Forsberg. Underagers Olli Maatta and Ville Pokka for Finland..
...Czech Republic's Martin Frk

Grigorenko has to be the odds-on favorite to be the top dog...

Add to the mix a strong crop of Western Canadian defensemen (such as Morgan Rielly)...

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Zibanejad was taken this  year.

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