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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Julio Billia, Canada

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Julio Billia - Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens goaltender and 2014 prospect Julio Billia should be the starter in Chicoutimi now that last year’s starter, Christopher Gibson, has moved on (courtesy of Le guide de Montreal-Nord)

 

Canada's relative woes in recent international tournaments have largely been pegged to weaker than usual goaltending. But the tide may be turning for the Canadians, if the 2013 U18 WJC and Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament are any indication.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Jayce Hawryluk, Canada

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Jayce Hawryluk - Brandon Wheat Kings

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings forward and 2014 prospect Jayce Hawryluk was his team’s Rookie of the Year for 2012-13 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

Team Canada forward Jayce Hawryluk may not have produced a great deal of offense at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but he picked the right game to get himself on the scoresheet.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Joe Hicketts, Canada

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Joe Hicketts - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and 2014 prospect Joe Hicketts was a draft pick of the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks but elected to go the WHL route (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

If good things can come in smaller packages, then Victoria Royals defenseman Joe Hicketts is the very embodiment of this adage. The 5'8”, 174-pound defenseman turned in a solid rookie season with the Royals, and has gotten his 2013-14 season and NHL Draft year off to a good start as a member of Canada's Ivan Hlinka squad.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Sam Bennett, Canada

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Sam Bennett - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward and 2014 propsect Sam Bennett has taken home two gold medals in the past four months for Team Canada (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

While his Kingston Frontenacs teammate, Spencer Watson, was the scoring star for Team Canada at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Canadian forward Sam Bennett managed to chip in some points of his own, as well as some solid prognosticating skills.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Roland McKeown, Canada

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Roland McKeown - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Kingston Frontenacs defenseman and 2014 prospect Roland McKeown generated 29 points in 61 games in his OHL rookie season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

The OHL's Kingston Frontenacs were well represented at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, with Canada's gold medal-winning squad featuring three players from the Frontenacs' roster.

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