2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Zykov has little trouble adapting to new surroundings

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Valentin Zykov and Madison Bowey - 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward Valentin Zykov (#73), shown here playing for Team Cherry at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, has been steadily rising up the rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Valentin Zykov might be a Russian playing junior hockey for a Quebec-based team, but the burly right winger proved he belonged on Team Cherry during the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game this week.

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2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Team Orr posts rare shutout in 3-0 win over Team Cherry

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Spencer Martin and Laurent Dauphin - Team Orr

Photo: Goaltender Spencer Martin (L) led the way early for Team Orr with shutout hockey, while forward Laurent Dauphin (R) earned Player of the Game honors for his performance in Team Orr's win at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The final result may not have been what the local fans in Halifax were hoping to see but the 2013 Home Hardware NHL/CHL Top Prospects Game did not disappoint in delivering plenty of skill, speed and physical play. When the last buzzer sounded, Team Orr had beaten Team Cherry by the score of 3-0 in what was the first shutout in the history of the Top Prospects Game.

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2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Mantha climbing ranks with his sniper’s touch

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Anthony Mantha - Val d'Or Foreurs

Photo: Val d'or Foreurs forward Anthony Mantha has been an effective offensive performer for his team this season (courtesy of Dave Connell/HF)

Ignoring everything else, from his age to his size and his family history, Anthony Mantha quite simply scores goals. With 33 markers in just 43 games so far this year, the Val d'Or Foreurs forward has already sniped a hat trick on three separate occasions and added in a four-goal game for good measure.

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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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