Cassels. Domi. Mantha. Rychel. They are names that many hockey fans are familiar with, the names of former NHL players. But those names also represent a new wave of talent, still on the way to hopefully making an impact in the pro ranks.
The 2012 Under-18 World Junior Championship didn't necessarily turn out the way Canada had hoped, although the team did take home the bronze medal. Still, while the team fell short of their gold medal goal, individual players turned in strong performances at the "other" WJC.
One of those players, forward Kerby Rychel, was one of two Canadian forwards to pick up eight points in the tournament. Rychel, who plays for the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL, scored five goals and added three assists in seven games. And while many of the players participating in this tournament were 2012 prospects looking to impress NHL scouts in attendance, Rychel is a potential first round selection for the 2013 NHL Draft.
Rychel spoke with Hockey's Future at the WJC for this HF video.