Photo: Quebec Remparts forward Nick Sorensen just returned to his QMJHL club after competing for silver medalist Sweden at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The plight of a junior hockey franchise is normally cyclic, with a core group of players starting out, maturing together and competing before eventually graduating from the league.
Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and top 2013 prospect Nathan MacKinnon has had to adjust to less ice time than he is used to while competing at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Although Team Canada has been piling up the goals so far at the 2013 World Junior Championship, top 2013 prospect Nathan MacKinnon has been relatively quiet on the scoresheet.
Photo: Ottawa 67's forward Sean Monahan has been a bright spot in what has otherwise been a tough season for the 67's franchise (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
It isn't a major surprise that 2013 NHL Draft prospects Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones have been named captains of the two squads of draft hopefuls taking part in the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. The two players hold the #1 and #2 positions in the December rankings released by International Scouting Services, as they have for each of the rankings reports released this season by ISS.
Photo: Finnish forward Aleksander Barkov of Tappara held down the third slot for the second consecutive month in ISS's ranking fo the top 2013 NHL Draft prospects (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
International Scouting Services has released their November rankings of the 2013 NHL Draft prospects. With the exception of Jonathan Drouin's move into the top 5 and Darnell Nurse's rise to the top 10, there is little change from last month's ranking among the top-ranked players in this draft.
Photo: 2013 NHL Draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon is making his case for being a top draft pick early and often as he has picked up another QMJHL star of the week honor (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Petr Straka, Nathan MacKinnon and Philippe Desrosiers were named today the TELUS three stars of the week for the period extending from October 15 to the 21st.