Photo: Finland defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Ville Pokka in playing in his third season in Liiga, Finland’s top hockey league, despite being just 19 years of age (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
There is no question that Finland defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen left his mark on his country's gold medal win at the 2014 World Junior Championship, as the big defender netted the golden goal to help Finland take their first gold medal at this event since 1998. But one of Ristolainen's blueline brethren, Ville Pokka, may have been Finalnd's most consistently effective defensemen at this WJC.
Photo: Erie Otters defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Adam Pelech is having another productive season on offense, picking up 24 points in 32 games so far this season (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
When being chosen for a tournament roster such as those of the countries taking part in the 2014 World Junior Championship, a player may have to accept a role that is quite different from the one that the player has on their main club.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar is having a good season in Edmonton, notching 21 goals and 16 assists in 27 games while sporting a +22 rating (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
After suffering a surprising loss to the Czech Republic in the second game of the preliminary round, Canada circled the wagons and gutted out a pair of wins, over Slovakia and the USA, to take the top seed in Group A at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
Photo: Griffin Reinhart is one of six defensive prospects the New York Islanders currently have playing at the CHL level. Reinhart was selected 4th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The 2013-14 season has so far been disappointing for the New York Islanders. After making the 2013 playoffs, the Islanders were expected to once again compete for a spot in the post-season. Instead, they currently sit at the bottom of the Metropolitan division. The future remains bright however, as the Islanders have many top prospects currently honing their skills at the junior level.
Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Ryan Pulock recently played for Team WHL in the recent 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
If there is any truth to the notion that you can take a man out of a town but you can’t take the town out of the man, Ryan Pulock might soon become a poster-boy of sorts for that axiom. It seems inconceivable that the 19-year-old will ever be able to forget his Manitoba roots.