Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2015 prospect Paul Bittner has the size and ability to develop into a top prospect once his draft year comes around (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
While forward Nick Schmaltz was the offensive sparkplug for Team USA's squad at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, big winger Paul Bittner was another forward who chipped in some offense for the tournament's silver medalists.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and 2014 prospect Keegan Iverson joined his Winterhawks linemate Paul Bittner at the Ivan Hlinka (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
The silver medalist USA squad competing at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament included a few bigger, more physical players than the American squad normally carries into the international tournaments. One of the grittier players from the American forward ranks competing at this tournament was center Keegan Iverson.
Photo: 2014 prospect Brandon Carlo appeared in a handful of WHL playoff games for the Tri-City Americans, but will make his regular season debut with that club in September (courtesy of the Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Although the team made a good run through the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Team USA was not able to break Canada's dominant hold on gold at this tournament as they fell to the Canadians, 4-0, in the gold medal game.
Photo: Team USA goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic took control of the starting job for the Plymouth Whalers during the 2013 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
In Team USA's Day 2 win over Russia at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the star of the game was goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic. The Russians sent 37 shots on goal in the game, with Nedeljkovic stopping 35 of them to get the win.
Photo: 2014 prospect Aaron Haydon of the Niagara IceDogs completed his rookie season in the OHL in 2012-13 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Team USA has advanced to the semi-final round of the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament after defeating Slovakia, 5-2. But a 4-2 victory on Day 2 over Russia was the win that got the USA going in the right direction at this tournament.