Photo: Windsor Spitfires' forward Kerby Rychel turned in a strong performance for Canada at the 2012 Under-18 WJC (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
The 2012 Under-18 World Junior Championship didn't necessarily turn out the way Canada had hoped, although the team did take home the bronze medal. Still, while the team fell short of their gold medal goal, individual players turned in strong performances at the "other" WJC.
One of those players, forward Kerby Rychel, was one of two Canadian forwards to pick up eight points in the tournament. Rychel, who plays for the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL, scored five goals and added three assists in seven games. And while many of the players participating in this tournament were 2012 prospects looking to impress NHL scouts in attendance, Rychel is a potential first round selection for the 2013 NHL Draft.
Rychel spoke with Hockey's Future at the WJC for this HF video.
Photo: Though the OHL has many talented defensemen, few if any bring the unique combination of size, skill, and skating that Dougie Hamilton (BOS) does. (Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)
Over the past few years, the Ontario Hockey League has been well known for its ability to send talented forwards to the professional ranks. But their blue line-production prowess – possibly aided by playing against that proliferation of elite forwards – has been nothing to shake a stick at.
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Freddie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 15 after recording six points in two games scoring three goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.
Photo: Connor McDavid is the first pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. (Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)
The 2012 OHL Priority Selection will be held tomorrow, Saturday 7th, at 9am. The Erie Otters, who finished 10-52-3-3 will have the first pick. Below is a mock draft provided by International Scouting Services.
Photo: Defenseman Andrey Pedan has exploded offensively this season, managing 10 goals, 30 assists, and 152 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games. (Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Nineteen-year-old Andrey Pedan is among those Russians who preferred venturing in the Canadian junior leagues system, rather than going for the usual route for European players; playing junior hockey back home then signing a contract directly with their draft team several years later. "My agent Alexei Dementiev advised me to go and play in the OHL, and this is what I did as I completely trust him. I think it was a good decision, I already adapted to the small ice surface last year and this year I further improved my game", Pedan said in Russian.