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: 2014 prospect and Russian forward Ivan Nikolishin (11) is the son of former NHL forward Andrei Nikolishin (courtesy of Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Russia made a run to the semi-finals at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but their bid for gold fell short as they were defeated by Canada, 3-1, in a game played earlier today.
Photo: Nashville Predators top pick, Seth Jones, was the first player off the board from the WHL at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
The Colorado Avalanche effectively eliminated any drama surrounding the first overall selection at the 2013 NHL Draft by spreading the word weeks in advance that they were leaning toward selecting a forward. True to their word, the Avalanche bypassed Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones in favor of the Halifax Mooseheads’ Nathan McKinnon. In fact, Jones dropped to fourth overall where he was picked up by the ecstatic Nashville Predators.
Photo: Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart is the third of former NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart’s three sons who will be looking to follow in the father’s footsteps to the NHL (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
With the 2013 NHL Draft now passed, the focus can now turn to the class of 2014. Since Beyond Tomorrow looks at those players eligible for the next draft class, this is the last opportunity to discuss the 2014 draft-eligible players before shifting attention to the 2015's. With that in mind, here is a recap of the best of the late-1995 and 1996-born players.