Hardly any mock drafts had Seth Jones (NAS) slipping past the second overall pick. But when the Florida Panthers chose Aleksander Barkov, it left Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman with an interesting choice to make – improve upon the organization's defensive prospects, or add another highly skilled forward to the mix.
Though some have called Switzerland a rising hockey power over the past few years, that ascension seems to have halted. Of course Switzerland had two Top-15 Picks over the last two years in the NHL Entry Draft, but both Nino Niederreiter (NYI) and Sven Baertschi (CAL) left Switzerland at the age of 17 and made the biggest progress in their development in North America.
Despite a two-goal performance by Joel Vermin, Switzerland fell to Slovakia 6-4 at the 2012 World Junior Championship. The loss sends the Swiss to the relegation round, while Slovakia moves on to the quarter-finals.
Vermin is tied for the scoring lead on the Swiss squad. He spoke with the media following the loss to Slovakia.