Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – J.T. Miller, USA

by Chapin Landvogt

J.T. Miller - Connecticut Whale

Photo: Connecticut Whale forward and New York Rangers prospect J.T. Miller, along with his Team USA teammates, has found it difficult to generate offense against the stronger clubs at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Team USA hasn't played badly at the 2013 World Junior Championship, but they find themselves in a must-win situation heading into their final game of the preliminary round. The need for a win over Slovakia, a team that has played some good hockey at this WJC, has come about because of today's close but hard-fought loss against Canada.

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2013 WJC Preview: USA looks to improve on poor showing at last World Juniors

by DJ Powers

Alex Galchenyuk - USA

Photo: Montreal Canadiens prospect Alex Galchenyuk looks close to being NHL-ready, but the NHL lockout has given the talented forward the chance represent the USA at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After a disappointing seventh-place finish at last year’s World Junior Championship, Team USA will look to better that this year in hopes of taking home their first medal since 2011 and their first gold since 2010.

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Alaskan quartet bring local flavor to Kenai River squad

by Tom Schreier

Zack Zulkanycz - Kenai River Brown Bears

Photo: Kenai River Brown Bears forward Zack Zulkanycz is one of five players on the Brown Bears roster that hail from the home team's state of Alaska (courtesy of the NAHL)

Alex Jackstadt had tears in his eyes.

“I…I don’t know if I can do this,” he muttered.

His team, the Kenai River (Alaska) Brown Bears, had just lost in overtime to the Odessa Jackalopes in the NAHL Showcase Tournament in Blaine, Minn. Despite scoring ten goals in their first three games, the Brown Bears remained winless and Jackstadt was taking it pretty hard.

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Scout’s Perch: Four Nations lacks star power but not talent

by Josh Deitell

Steve Santini - USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman Steve Santini is considered a top defensive prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sitting in a sea of peacoats, it’s difficult to feel unique.

The idea of scouting as an exercise in finding diamonds in the rough is long dead. This is particularly evident at talent gatherings like the Four Nations Tournament, which took place from November 6th thru the 10th in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Arnold looks to master two-way game at BC

by Richard Murray

Bill Arnold - Boston College

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Bill Arnold has played an important role in the success Boston College has experienced the past couple of seasons (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

Bill Arnold is off to a hot start for Boston College as he continues to develop into one of the most dominant two-way forwards in college hockey.

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