Photo: Tappara forward Aleksander Barkov should be the highest drafted Finnish player since Mikael Granlund was chosen ninth overall in 2010 (courtesy of Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
The number of players drafted from Finland will likely never again reach the record numbers prior to the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Since that time, NHL clubs have tended to see how players from Finland and other European countries develop and then sign them as free agents rather than drafting youngsters.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones and his fellow 2013 NHL Draft top prospects have been kept busy on Draft Weekend with various events in the NYC/NJ area (courtesy of Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
For much of the 2012-13 season, Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones was considered the consensus top prospect in the upcoming 2013 NHL Draft. With the Colorado Avalanche holding the top pick it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that Jones would be heading to Denver, where his father once played professional basketball and where Seth first started playing hockey.
Photo: Finnish forward Aleksander Barkov has already spent two seasons in Finland’s top league despite being only 17 years of age (courtesy of Nick Turchiaro/NHLI via Getty Images)
A fan looking for a player among the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft that is physically ready to move to the NHL next season might look no further than Finnish forward Aleksander Barkov, the 6'2”, 205-pound center who played for Tappara in Finland's top league, the SM-liiga.
Photo: Forward Vladimir Tkachev has been the scoring star so far for Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
The preliminary round has come and gone at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, and Groups A and B each featured one fairly dominant team.
Photo: Finnish defender Jimi Kuronen is hoping that a strong showing at this U18 WJC tournament will help improve his 2013 draft position (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)
Not unlike their fellow Group A combatants, the Czech Republic, Finland feasted on Latvia in their first game of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. But the second game for the Finns was a much greater challenge, one that the team wasn't ultimately able to overcome as they lost to Russia, 3-1, at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia.