Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and 2014 prospect Joe Hicketts was a draft pick of the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks but elected to go the WHL route (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
If good things can come in smaller packages, then Victoria Royals defenseman Joe Hicketts is the very embodiment of this adage. The 5'8”, 174-pound defenseman turned in a solid rookie season with the Royals, and has gotten his 2013-14 season and NHL Draft year off to a good start as a member of Canada's Ivan Hlinka squad.
Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2014 prospect Brayden Point turned in a good offensive performance in his WHL rookie season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Team Canada forward Brayden Point saved his best for last at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, as he picked up two assists and the game MVP in Canada's 4-0 win over the USA in the tournament's gold medal game.
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.