Nichushkin tops Russian draft crop at mid-season

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Bogdan Yakimov - Russia

Photo: At 6-5 and 202 pounds, Russian forward Bogdan Yakimov possesses the type of size that NHL teams currently covet in a forward prospect (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Considered one of the top birth years in Russian hockey, the 1995 class has seen several of the top players leave Russia to play Major Junior Hockey in North America, a fact that is reflected in this list of 2013 prospects.

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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 WJC Review: Latvia fails to avoid relegation

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Teddy Blueger - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Minnesota State forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Teddy Bluegers was not as productive as he would like to have been for Latvia at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

In spite of expectations before the tournament, Team Latvia was relegated to next year's WJC Division 1, Group A tournament. Icing what was considered their best roster in recent years wasn't enough, however, as the deciding game against Team Germany finished with a 5-2 score.

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2013 WJC Review: Russia settles for bronze on home ice

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Valeri Nichushkin - Russia

Photo: Russian forward Valeri Nichushkin was not a standout for his country at the 2013 WJC, but he did acquit himself well in his first appearance at the U-20 event (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Team Russia's bronze medal can be deemed as a good result on home soil, though not the result that was hoped for at the 2013 World Junior Championship. They surrendered to Sweden in the semifinals in the shoot-out, but the win over Canada in the bronze medal game surely cheered up the home crowd.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Mikhail Grigorenko and Alex Khokhlachev, Russia

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Mikhail Grigorenko - Russia

Photo: Quebec Remparts forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko played a major role in helping Russia advance to the semi-finals of the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

After winning gold and silver at the last two World Junior Championships, 2013 host country Russia find themselves in a position to bring home another medal, possibly gold, in front of a home crowd.

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