Photo: Goaltender Mathias Niederberger of the OHL's Barrie Colts is one of a handful of German prospects that might have their name called at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of CHL Images)
German hockey has produced very few NHL Draft prospects directly, although some players have been selected after apprenticing in the CHL leagues. This year is likely no different for that country, with only a trio of prospects having any real chance of being chosen in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Photo: Carolina Hurricanes prospect Justin Krueger is taking part in his third Men's World Championship tournament with the German squad (courtesy of Jamie Kellner/HF)
A 2006 draftee of the Carolina Hurricanes, restricted free agent Justin Krueger just completed his first full year in the AHL after 4 years at Cornell and a season in the Swiss NLA. The 6’3”, 205-pound defensive defenseman put up mild offensive totals, but did manage to collect a plus 16 rating in 58 games while playing for the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.
The IIHF 2012 U18 Tournament taking place in Brno, Znojmo and now Breclav, Czech Republic, kicked off yesterday. The tournament goals of northern neighbors Germany and Denmark are officially different, but on paper quite the same; somehow surprise in the uphill battle of the initial round or then avoid relegation at all costs in the relegation round. This will be no easy task for either team.