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2012 World Junior A Challenge Players to Watch
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November 5, 2012
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Who will be looked upon in the dying minutes of a tie game? Who will be counted upon to provide leadership on the long road to gold? International Scouting Services has selected three players from each of the six competing teams that it believes are World Junior A Challenge Players to Watch.

Who made the list?

CANADA EAST
MATT BUCKLES
Big-bodied winger … great combination of offence and physical play … strong on the puck … heavy, accurate shot … skates well for a big man … great nose for the net … plays with a big mean streak
SHANE CONACHER
Understands the game very well … excellent vision … good creativity with the puck … very good skater … possesses pull-away speed … at his best with the game on the line … good leadership
JAKE EVANS
Elite offensive threat … can beat opponents in many ways … elite vision … tremendous awareness … pass-first mentality … lethal shot … electric skater … can make jaw-dropping plays at high speed

CANADA WEST

JAMES DE HAAS
Big, rangy defenceman … tower on the blue-line … big, heavy shot … uses his stick well … solid in all three zones … skates well for his size … good gap control … good awareness in defensive zone
ALEX KERFOOT
gifted playmaker … knows what to do with the puck … opportunistic goal scorer … often comes through in the clutch … good skater … dangerous on the power play … returnee for Canada West
EVAN RICHARDSON
talented offensive player … great outside speed … can make great plays at top speed … isn’t hindered by physical play … dangerous when given time … returnee for Canada West

CZECH REPUBLIC

ONDREJ KASE
diminutive offensive playmaker … top-level speed … great hands … tremendous on-ice awareness … quick reactions with the puck … uses his teammates well … good energy … doesn’t back down
DAVID PASTRNAK
Talented goal scorer … good offensive flair … excellent hands in tight … fantastic shooter … quick release … strong linear speed … quick acceleration … scores in bunches … can be tough to contain
JAKUB VRANA
Very good size … hard, accurate shot … tremendous release … great hands … very difficult to separate from the puck … exciting skater … great agility and elusiveness … has a passion to score

RUSSIA

VLADISLAV GAVRIKOV
Big and strong … mobile defenceman … can impact a game in a variety of ways … long reach … keeps things simple in the defensive zone … heavy point shot … willing to play physical … confident
ARKHIP NEKOLENKO
Good size … great technical ability … intelligent player … creative with the puck … good long stride … elements of power already present … takes the puck to the net well … always aware of options
RUSHAN RAFIKOV
Opportunistic defenceman … good offensive upside … very good two-way skater … excels in the transition game … quick puck movement … intelligent shooter … deceptive with the puck

SWITZERLAND

CHRISTOPH BERTSCHY
Speedy and shifty skater … good puck-handling skills … sees the ice well … has playmaking skills … smart player … reads the ice well … good anticipation … knows where to be to score … no fear
ROBIN LEONE
Good skater … very agile … strong on his skates … plays well down low … strong along the boards … good scoring touch … has ability to break out of the corner and move in front … accurate shot
SANDRO ZANGGER
Quick at top speed … excellent shot … quick release … very strong on the puck … hard to take off the puck … good anticipation … creates turnovers … gets open in front … follows rebounds well

UNITED STATES

TAYLOR CAMMARATA
Exceptional puck skills … elite level of creativity … spark plug offensive force … shows great quickness … excellent hockey IQ … dynamic scoring threat … arsenal of weapons to beat defenders
MIKE DOWNING
Very good skater … shows great mobility in all zones …  excels with the puck on his stick … excellent puck mover … big-bodied defender … intriguing offensive upside … likes to play physical
VINCE HINOSTROZA
Tenacious two-way forward … high-end offensive talent … quick hands … ability to beat defenders one-on-one … energetic skater … game-changing versatility … doesn’t back down from physical play

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