Photo: The Bolshoy ice Dome will be the main venue for hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and has been one of the arenas employed during the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
Some notes and quotes gathered during the preliminary round of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship being held in Sochi/Adler, Russia.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman and 2013 draft prospect Seth Jones holds a now familiar place at the top of ISS Hockey's ranking of this year's prospects for the NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The U-18 World Junior Championship is set to begin in just a few short days, an event that could bring the last major shake-up in the rankings of the 2013 NHL Draft prospects. So it is no surprise that the pre-WJC release of ISS Hockey's ranking of the top 30 NHL Draft prospects sports few surprises, and instead reflects pretty much the status quo from the March rankings.
Photo: After sliding very slightly in the rankings the past couple of months, Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon, shown here taking part in the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game, has settled into the third slot in the ISS rankings (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
While the previous two months of International Scouting Services' 2013 NHL Draft rankings featured some significant change at the top of the ranks, the March edition instead looks a good bit like the February rankings.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones has been nearly a point-per-game player this season for the CHL's top-ranked team (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The February edition of International Scouting Service's ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft shows some re-arrangement at the top of the rankings but slightly less volatility among the prospects outside the top 10.
Photo: At 6-5 and 202 pounds, Russian forward Bogdan Yakimov possesses the type of size that NHL teams currently covet in a forward prospect (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Considered one of the top birth years in Russian hockey, the 1995 class has seen several of the top players leave Russia to play Major Junior Hockey in North America, a fact that is reflected in this list of 2013 prospects.