Photo: Forward Yevgeni Kuznetsov is widely considered to be the top young hockey player not playing in North America. Kuznetsov is currently playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. (courtesy of Yury Kuzmin/KHL Photo Agency via Getty Images)
With every regular season in hockey finished, it is once again time to select the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Year. Though there were many fantastic performances outside of the NHL, none were quite as good as Yevgeni Kuznetsov (WAS), who this season further cemented himself as the best hockey player not currently in North America.
Photo: St. Cloud State junior defenseman Nick Jensen, who was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, also earned national recognition as part of the All-America West First team (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
In this special edition of the NCAA prospect notebook, Hockey’s Future takes a look at some stories making headlines at the 2013 Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, PA.
Photo: Goaltender Robin Lehner has been spectacular since his call-up to the NHL this season. Lehner is one of many rookies to perform well for the Senators in 2012-13 (courtesy of Jay Kopinski/Icon SMI)
Nine of the 10 players featured in the 31-40 spots of the Hockey's Future Spring ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects were also ranked in the Fall edition, though there has been some significant movement throughout the grouping. Much of the movement has to do with how some of these players have dealt with adjusting to a new level of competition this season, with some excelling and others struggling.
Photo: Tanner Pearson, a point-per-game player in January, ranks among the top ten rookie scorers in the AHL thanks to his recent production. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Welcome to the January 2013 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various competition levels who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind. This month's edition features a handful of participants from the 2013 World Junior Championships, both the positive performances for Team USA and Sweden as well as the more disappointing showings from the likes of Canada and Finland. We also discuss a pair of pro prospects who are hot at the right time and putting themselves in a good position in their respective organizations now that the lockout is over.
Photo: Team USA goaltender John Gibson was strong throughout the 2013 World Junior Championship, earning the tournament MVP award for his performance (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The United States claimed their first gold medal at the U-20 World Junior Championship since 2010, and just their third gold medal ever at this event after defeating reigning gold medalist Sweden, 3-1, in the WJC championship game.