2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Monahan hitting peaks, valleys in his draft season

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Sean Monahan - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67's forward Sean Monahan currently sits among the top 20 scorers in the OHL despite missing 10 games due to a suspension (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The draft year is an exciting time for any hockey player on the road to becoming an NHL prospect. From scouts in the stands to tournaments and rankings, all culminating in the big event in June, the whole year is a whirlwind of activity as players show off their skills and hope to hear their name called.

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2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Sporting bloodlines flow through number of prospects

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Kerby Rychel - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward Kerby Rychel is one of several players competing at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game with family ties to professional sports (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Cassels. Domi. Mantha. Rychel. They are names that many hockey fans are familiar with, the names of former NHL players. But those names also represent a new wave of talent, still on the way to hopefully making an impact in the pro ranks.

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2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Familiarity doesn’t breed contempt

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Ryan Kujawinski - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward Ryan Kujawinski will be facing and teaming up with some familiar faces at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Halifax (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Despite the fact that it is considered one of the "Big Four" major leagues in North America, hockey remains a small sport in many different ways. That size brings a sense of community, where everybody knows one another.

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2013 WJC Review: Canada fails to take medal for first time in 15 years

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Scott Harrington - Canada

Photo: Although his contributions didn't come on the scoresheet, Team Canada defenseman Scott Harrington was a steady, reliable performer at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The expectation for Canada is always the same: nothing short of a gold medal. But in recent history, the results have fallen short.

After a pair of silver medals and a bronze over the last three World Juniors, Canada was once again tasked with bringing home the gold at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

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Lodge finds home on Spirit’s top line with effort, consistency

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Jimmy Lodge - Saginaw Spirit

Photo: Saginaw Spirit forward Jimmy Lodge has stepped up his play after a slow start to his 2012-13 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Jimmy Lodge may have found himself under the microscope early in the season courtesy of the NHL’s Central Scouting preliminary rankings — but inconsistent and tentative play made it hard to see the Downington, PA native on the ice. But through effort and consistency, he’s worked his way to the top of the Saginaw Spirit’s depth chart — and he hopes to parallel that rise up the NHL Draft charts.

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