Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward Ryan Kujawinski is a big-bodied center with potential to be a first round selection at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The reality of the junior hockey system is that, fairly or not, some teams have it easier than others when it comes to attracting talent.
For the most part, save for Lindrosian dramatics, NHL players sign with the team that drafts them. Such is not always the case in junior hockey, where young players frequently use the leverage available to them to line their talents up with a team of their choosing.
Photo: 2013 NHL Draft prospect Jordan Subban is currently leading the OHL's Belleville Bulls in scoring (courtesy of Leon T. Switzer/ Icon SMI)
The names on the back of the jersey may be the same, but each of the talented Subban brothers brings something different to the table. What they share, however, is an unwavering support for each other — and that support, along with two drafts’ worth of experience, is something that defenseman Jordan Subban holds dear.
Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie lit up the scoreboard for the Niagara Ice Dogs this past week on his way to Player of the Week honors (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Niagara IceDogs’ forward Brett Ritchie is the OHL Player of the Week after scoring 10 goals and three assists for 13 points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-7 for the week ending November 4.
Photo: Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon and his Kamloops Blazers teammates held onto the top spot in the CHL's Top 10 Rankings (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the seventh edition of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for the 2012-13 regular season. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
Photo: Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid is just 15 but is already showing signs of becoming a dominant player in the OHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
I heard the hype. I read Sid’s praise. I talked to a scout from a successful NHL team who joked that the only way his club would ever have a shot at him would be through winning a ping pong ball lottery, essentially anointing him with 1st overall status almost three years before his draft day.