Lure of OHL, shot at Memorial Cup too tempting for McCarron to pass up

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Mike McCarron - Team USA

Photo: London Knights forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron spent two years in the U.S. NTDP before choosing to play in the OHL (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

With the 25th pick in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens hope they’ve found a big piece of their future. But in the meantime, said big piece will play a big role in the Memorial Cup aspirations of the tournament host London Knights.

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Stolarz ready for drive to Memorial Cup after seeing first NHL action

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Anthony Stolarz - Team USA

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz, shown here competing at the 2013 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY, had a sampling of NHL preseason action before returning to the OHL’s London Knights for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Netminder Anthony Stolarz got a taste of “The Show”. And, while he was wearing a new uniform, he had the benefit of playing in familiar surroundings as the Philadelphia Flyers played the Toronto Maple Leafs in an exhibition game hosted at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON — a venue that’s also home to Stolarz’s OHL squad, the London Knights.

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Video: 2013 Five Nations – Tory Dello, USA

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Tory Dello - Team USA

Photo: Tri-City Storm defenseman and 2015 prospect Tory Dello has committed to the University of Notre Dame (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

Although the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament received most of the attention in August, another prospect showcase that took place in Slovakia, the U17 Five Nations Tournament, also featured some potential future NHL Draft material.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Jack Dougherty and Joseph Snively, USA

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Jack Dougherty - USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman and 2014 prospect Jack Dougherty is one of a handful of Ohio State recruits to decommit from that program after the firing of OSU head coach Mark Osiecki (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

Team USA finished with the most points at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but Team Canada took home the gold medal after defeating the USA, 4-0, in the championship game.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Paul Bittner, USA

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Paul Bittner - Team USA

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.

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