Photo: Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko might be on the cusp of a NHL career, but he and other young players may find themselves back in the development leagues if the NHL lockout proceeds (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Lockout. It's on the tip of the tongue of every person involved with hockey right now.
As the Collective Bargaining Agreement's expiration date of September 15th approaches, a work stoppage between the NHL and the NHL Player's Association (the third such interruption over the last 18 years) is seemingly inevitable at this point. Not only will a lockout affect the individual teams and their staff and personnel, as well as the players, but a work stoppage in hockey's top league will have a trickle down effect for many prospects at various levels around the world.
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Phillip Danault will look to lead his Victoriaville Tigres squad to an extended season in 2012-13 (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Phillip Danault is entering his final season of junior hockey but he has some unfinished business to take care of before he makes the jump to pro.
Photo: Belleville Bulls defenseman Jordan Subban was one of the top performers for Canada's gold medal team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Tournament (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
The annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, considered by some to be the most prestigeous international hockey competition of players under eighteen years of age, was held last week in Břeclav, Czech Republic, and Piešťany, Slovakia. And as is usually the case in the world of hockey, some results and statistics were simply surprising.
Photo: Goaltender Mark Visentin was the #1 goaltender for Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship. Hockey Canada's Ron Tugnutt is working on finding this year's goaltenders for that tournament (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Among the players on the ice, the goaltender stands out as a unique presence. Not only does he wear different equipment, play the entire game and often has peculiar mannerisms, but as the last line of defense, a goaltender can find himself singled out for both praise and blame.
Photo: Defenseman James Melindy of the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats has been reunited with former teammate Brandon Gormley after being chosen by the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
The 2012 NHL Draft has come and gone with the QMJHL seeing 19 of their players selected. This total represents a drop after the league has seen, on average, almost 24 players drafted each year over the past five years, including 22 players selected in each of the previous two drafts.