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.
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.
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.
I heard the hype. I read Sid’s praise. I talked to a scout from a successful NHL team who joked that the only way his club would ever have a shot at him would be through winning a ping pong ball lottery, essentially anointing him with 1st overall status almost three years before his draft day.