Scout’s Perch: Junior draftees have tough choices to make, plus OHL prospect scouting info

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Ryan Kujawinski - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward Ryan Kujawinski is a big-bodied center with potential to be a first round selection at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The reality of the junior hockey system is that, fairly or not, some teams have it easier than others when it comes to attracting talent.

For the most part, save for Lindrosian dramatics, NHL players sign with the team that drafts them. Such is not always the case in junior hockey, where young players frequently use the leverage available to them to line their talents up with a team of their choosing.

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Justin Feser named WHL Player of the Week

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Justin Feser - Tri-City Americans

Photo: Tri-City Americans center Justin Feser was named the first star in three consecutive games this weekend on his way to being named the top player in the WHL for the past week (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Tri-City Americans forward Justin Feser is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.

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Kamloops Blazers still #1 in the CHL

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Tim Bozon - Kamloops Blazers

Photo: Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon and his Kamloops Blazers teammates held onto the top spot in the CHL's Top 10 Rankings (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the seventh edition of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for the 2012-13 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

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Curtis Valk named WHL Player of the Week

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Curtis Valk - Medicine Hat Tigers

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers forward Curtis Valk is among the top goal-scorers in the WHL so far in the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Medicine Hat Tigers’ forward Curtis Valk is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.

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Off the Radar: Lipon reigns supreme as chairman of the board in WHL

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J.C. Lipon - Kamloops Blazers

Photo: Kamloops Blazers forward J.C. Lipon has been passed over in a couple of NHL Drafts, but is making a strong case for his inclusion in the 2013 edition (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Despite being passed over in the NHL Draft, even passed over in the WHL Bantam Draft, J.C. Lipon leads the Western Hockey League in scoring and is a driving force behind the Kamloops Blazers' torrid start.

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