Photo: Saginaw Spirit goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson received the starting nod for Team Canada in the opening game of the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Canada entered the 2014 World Junior Championship with a bit of a cloud hanging over the goaltending position. Recent WJC's have produced a mixed bag of goaltending performances for that country, a failing that has been pointed to as a main reason for Canada's relative lack of recent success at a tournament that they have dominated more often than not over the years.
Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha was the scoring hero for Canada on Day 1 of the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Canada opened the 2014 World Junior Championship with an offensive display, posting a 7-2 victory over Germany. 12 different Canadian players made the scoresheet in this game, the most prominent being forward Anthony Mantha, who potted a hat trick in the win.
Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Colton Sceviour’s strong start to the 2013-14 season earned him a December call-up to the NHL’s Stars (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon SMI)
Injuries and call-ups are starting to take a toll on some teams in the American Hockey League (AHL), but out west several first- and second-year players are filling the void and goal scoring is coming from everywhere.
Photo: Tyler Bertuzzi, a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, has already set a new career-best with 32 points this season for the Guelph Storm (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
While it may seem as though all of their prospects have moved up to the professional level, there are still quite a few bright spots among the Detroit Red Wings prospects playing junior hockey.
Photo: Abbotsford Heat forward and Calgary Flames prospect Corban Knight’s strong play from his final NCAA season has carried over into the early portion of the 2013-14 AHL season (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon SMI)
The American Hockey League’s Western Conference is approaching the end of the first quarter, and the wild, wild west is producing some dynamic offensive hockey players.