Being a top prospect for the NHL Draft can bring a great deal of scrutiny from the scouting world. And, for said top draft prospect, there can be no bigger stage on which to display your abilities for those scouts than the World Junior Championship.
For hockey fans across the globe, the preliminary round of the 2013 IIHF WJC has been just about everything anyone had ever hoped for. There’s been no lack of tension, rivalries, intrigue and background stories that have come together to make this tournament the type that fans everywhere crave.
Surely few can forget how Ottawa Senators prospect Mika Zibanejad broke in alone on Team Russia’s net in overtime of the 2012 WJC, deking out Russian goalie Andrey Makarov to decide the tournament in Sweden’s favor for the first time since 1981. It’s not something viewers will see this year, however, as Zibanejad is one of a number of highly touted Swedish prospects who’ll be missing this tournament due to illness or injury.
This month’s Off the Radar segment takes us off the map for our North American readers.
Ängelholm, Sweden, in a different life, was perhaps a border town adjacent to Denmark – today, a picturesque city on Sweden’s Western coast that is home to the historic Rögle Bandyklubb, better known as Rögle BK, and perhaps best known for providing the hockey world with famed defenseman, Kenny Jönsson. Soon, they hope to provide the hockey world with Oskar Norlöv.
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