Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Mark McNeill, Canada

By Chapin Landvogt

Mark McNeill - WHL

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Mark McNeill has switched from being an offensive catalyst to instead be more of a role player at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Bad news for Montreal Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon was good news for Chicago Blackhawks prospect Mark McNeill.

Hudon, who plays for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, was unable to participate at the 2013 World Junior Championship after injuring his back. Enter McNeill of the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders, who replaced Hudon on Team Canada's roster shortly before the start of the tournament.

McNeill is having another solid season with the Raiders, the top team in the WHL's East Division. While he is counted on to create some offense for the Raiders, his role at the WJC with Canada is more geared towards defensive play.  McNeill hasn't tallied any points in three games at the WJC, but he has instead been an effective penalty killer and defensive specialist for the Canadian squad.

McNeill spoke with the media following Canada's 2-1 win over the USA, with a some of his comments being included in this HF video.


You can follow Chapin Landvogt's tweets from the WJC via @csomichapin