Klimchuk heads talented group of winger prospects in the WHL

by Glen Erickson
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Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand was one of just three WHL players to hit the 50-goal mark in the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In the 2013-14 season regular season, the WHL featured a talented variety of wingers that are currently NHL prospects. The focus of this article is on the those WHL wingers that are currently property of a National Hockey League team, six of whom have signed NHL contracts. Our ranking consists of seven Canadians and three imports. Seven toiled in the WHL’s Western Conference, and our ranking contains a couple sets of teammates.

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2014 WJC Video: Nick Sorensen, Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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Nick Sorensen - Quebec Remparts

Photo: Quebec Remparts forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nick Sorensen is one of 11 returning players from Sweden’s 2013 World Junior roster taking part in this year’s event (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Injuries the past couple of seasons have limited Sweden forward Nick Sorensen's time on the ice. But, the Anaheim Ducks prospect has managed to stay healthy this season, and is taking part in his second consecutive U20 World Junior Championship.

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Winterhawks trio keeping NHL scouts busy

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Nic Petan - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward Nic Peten (R) is one of a trio of Winterhawks' players expected to have their names called early in the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The current tale of the tape, Western Hockey League style, quite convincingly suggests the Portland Winterhawks will probably supply the “long and short of it” when the time comes for NHL teams to make their selections at the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, New Jersey.

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2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Bjorkstrand looks to display talent on bigger stage

by Kevin Forbes
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Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward Oliver Bjorkstrand has benefited from playing with other, top NHL Draft prospects on the Winterhawks' roster (courtesy of the WHL)

Like a number of CHL teams, the Portland Winterhawks have sent multiple players to the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game this year. Seth Jones has received the majority of the attention as both the captain of Team Orr and one of the top draft-eligibles for the 2013 NHL Draft, while his teammate Nicolas Petan is a familiar name for prospect watchers after helping Canada win the gold at last summer's Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

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2012 World Championship: Jannik Hansen, Denmark

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Photo: Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen is representing Denmark at the 2012 World Championship (courtesy of

Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
 

Jannik Hansen has spent the better part of the last two seasons solidifying his role as a regular with the Vancouver Canucks. After having been in last year's Stanley Cup Finals, he’s now helping out Denmark at the 2012 World Championships in Stockholm after a disappointing first round loss to the Los Angeles Kings in this year’s NHL playoffs.

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