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Players to watch at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
December 29, 2013
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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? Who will make the key pass? Score the big goal? Make the huge save?

International Scouting Services has selected three players from each of the six teams competing in Cape Breton, N.S., that it believes are players to watch at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Who made the list?

ATLANTIC

PHILIPPE MYERS
plays best in his own end … strong and mobile skater … good collection of physical tools … high hockey IQ … solid frame … uses his reach well

NATHAN NOEL
dynamic player … deceptive speed … plays with determination … excellent patience … quick feet … tremendous confidence … outstanding down low

WILL THOMPSON
smooth skater … great mobility … very dangerous in transition … very good vision … intelligent gap and lane control … calm and poised with the puck

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CZECH REPUBLIC

FILIP CHLAPIK
big body … two-way forward … big shot … sniper … quick release … dangerous on the PP … takes advantage of time and space … reads play well

DAVID KASE
very smart … offensive minded … handles the puck well at high speeds … very dangerous in transition … good puck protection … tremendous vision

DANIEL VLADAR
big, rangy goaltender … good mix of athleticism, quickness and size … exudes confidence … controls rebounds well … quick legs … good anticipation

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GERMANY

MAX DAUBNER
high hockey IQ … highly skilled … quick release … always a threat to score … takes advantage of time and space well … quick and aggressive offensively

MAXIMILLIAN GLASSL
big-body defenceman … strong two-way game … excels in a shutdown role … plays with an edge … loves physical hockey … plays major minutes

JAKOB MAYENSCHEIN
effective two-way forward … plays with confidence … can provide an offensive spark ... aggressive on the forecheck … good offensive awareness

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ONTARIO

SEAN DAY
effortless skater … explosive first two steps … complete package … crisp and accurate passes … creative with the puck … excellent puck distribution

TRAVIS KONECNY
highly skilled … changes gears well … explosive skater … great body command … competes hard … earns his ice … high-tempo player … rifle of a shot

MITCHELL MARNER
tremendous offensive skills … fun to watch … hard to handle one-on-one … jaw-dropping skill with the puck … can make plays at top speed … fast

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PACIFIC

KEVIN DAVIS
smooth skater … makes quick pivots … can handle the puck in tight … reads and reacts well … efficient first pass … good size … hard, accurate shot 

JANSEN HARKINS
power forward … smart player … great frame … smooth and powerful skater … tremendous hockey sense … soft hands … works hard … intense


NICK MERKLEY
productive two-way forward … creates scoring opportunities … excellent work ethic … great edge use … anticipates the play … plays in all situations

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QUEBEC

CALLUM BOOTH
very poised … confident … very good focus … technically sound … good balance in stand-up and butterfly … quick reactions … absorbs rebounds

GUILLAUME BRISEBOIS
two-way defenceman with offensive upside … plays physical … calm and poised … high hockey IQ … solid frame … valuable on the penalty kill

JEREMY ROY
very good offensive instincts … plays in all situations … very mobile … fluid skater … excellent puck distribution … hard shot … good instincts

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RUSSIA

DENIS ALEKSEEV
fun to watch … dangerous on the PP … good release … quick stick … energetic player … tremendous vision … high hockey IQ … fantastic speed

MIKHAIL BYAKIN
plays with intensity … not afraid to crash the net … great vision … soft hands … elite-level anticipation … willing to do the little things to win

ARTEM VLADIMIROV
intelligent … good collection of physical tools … strong and mobile skater … solid frame … uses his reach well … active stick … plays with poise

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SWEDEN

RASMUS ASPLUND
smart … complete player … tremendous hockey sense … good puck control … soft hands … excellent vision … plays well in any situation

OLIVER KYLINGTON
puck-moving defenceman … elite skater … very dangerous in transition … joins the rush intelligently … good vision … doesn’t get intimidated

FELIX SANDSTRÖM
plays calm and composed … exudes confidence … very athletic … controls rebounds well … smooth from post to post … challenges the shooter

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UNITED STATES

NOAH HANIFIN
great leadership qualities … powerful shot … smooth and powerful skater … great mobility … poised with the puck … makes an excellent first pass

LUKE KIRWAN
prototypical power forward … pure goal scorer … physically mature … good stride … gets into scoring position … very good puck skills … finds seams

COLIN WHITE
explosive and talented … highly competitive … great hand-eye coordination … character player … sees the ice very well … dominant on face-offs

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WEST

ETHAN BEAR
loves to play physical … very good at taking away space … good quickness … doesn’t get intimidated … consistent and reliable … anticipates well

JAYDEN HALBGEWACHS
highly skilled … always thinking offensively … great quickness … quick thinker and creative … sees the ice very well … remains calm with the puck

TROY MURRAY
well-rounded defenceman … very effective on the PK … strong skater … intelligent gap and lane control … wins board battles … good vision


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