Brotherly advice helping Whalers’ Peters navigate his draft year

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Alex Peters - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Plymouth Whalers defenseman and 2014 prospect Alex Peters played for Team Orr in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, getting on the scoresheet via a two-minute penalty (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Plymouth Whalers’ defense prospect Alex Peters benefits from a pair of older brothers who have been through the NHL Draft experience and seen it all — literally, as they both bring a goal line perspective to the game and the draft process that Alex says has been beneficial.

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Chatham top Whalers player from large group eligible for the 2014 draft

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Connor Chatham - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward and 2014 prospect Connor Chatham changed his development path after the firing of former University of Denver head coach, George Gwodzecky (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Connor Chatham’s path to the NHL Draft was diverted thanks to a coaching change in the U.S. collegiate ranks — and an American team’s success at grooming American players has led to another top U.S. prospect passing through Plymouth en route to the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Attack’s Lindo learning from role models while trying to become one

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Jaden Lindo - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and 2014 prospect Jaden Lindo was ranked among the top 100 prospects in North America for this year’s NHL Draft in Central Scouting’s midterm rankings (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For decades, when you think of hockey, you don’t often think of visible minorities. But that’s slowly changing. From Willie O’Ree to Grant Fuhr to P.K. Subban, it’s been proven that talent knows no race, religion, or colour — and Owen Sound Attack forward Jaden Lindo hopes to be a role model for the next generation of hockey players.

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Zadorov tops a solid group of NHL-drafted OHL defensemen

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Nikita Zadorov - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov didn’t look out of place during seven NHL games played in the early portion of the 2013-14 season, but returned to the Knights following the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The OHL has long been known for its ability to pump out marquee offensive talent, but don’t sell the league short on the blueline. This year’s elite draft-eligible defensemen, like Aaron Ekblad and Roland McKeown, have a number of role models within the league whose path they can follow to the draft podium and beyond.

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2014 WJC Review: Canada misses out on bronze for second straight year

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Anthony Mantha - Team Canada

Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha was the main offensive threat for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

For the second year in a row, Team Canada took the somber and quiet flight home from the World Junior Championship without a medal to show for their efforts. Thankfully for the young men who made up the team, it was also a second straight year where other news in the hockey world quickly drew the attention of media and fans elsewhere. Meanwhile, Hockey Canada is left to once again regroup and diagnose what went wrong and how they can find a way back to their winning ways that were once commonplace and are now proving to be more and more elusive.

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