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Twenty-five World Junior A Challenge alumni make NHL season-opening rosters
Jason La Rose
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October 2, 2013
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There’s no shortage of World Junior A Challenge alumni on NHL rosters to start the 2013-14 NHL season.

In total, 25 will begin the season in the big leagues; that list includes two of three alumni chosen in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (E. Lindholm and Nichushkin), six players who earned a place on the tournament all-star team (Dalpe, Donovan, Grigorenko, Schwartz, Turris and Voynov), one tournament MVP (Turris) and six gold medallists (Colborne, Dalpe, Donovan, Moore, Nash and Turris).

Twenty-four of the 25 were drafted by NHL teams. Only Edmonton Oilers forward Will Acton, who captained Canada East at the inaugural World Junior A Challenge in Yorkton and Humboldt, Sask., in 2006, went unselected.

The full list of World Junior A Challenge alumni on NHL rosters:

Will Acton – Edmonton Oilers – Canada East, 2006
Joe Colborne – Calgary Flames – Canada West, 2007
Zac Dalpe – Vancouver Canucks – Canada West, 2007
Matt Donovan – New York Islanders – United States, 2008
Jesper Fast – New York Rangers – Sweden, 2009
Mikhail Grigorenko – Buffalo Sabres – Russia, 2010
Jimmy Hayes – Chicago Blackhawks – United States, 2007
Dmitry Kulikov – Florida Panthers – Russia, 2007
Johan Larsson – Buffalo Sabres – Sweden, 2009
Lucas Lessio – Phoenix Coyotes – Canada East, 2009
Elias Lindholm – Carolina Hurricanes – Sweden, 2011
Hampus Lindholm – Anaheim Ducks – Sweden, 2011
Andrei Loktionov – New Jersey Devils – Russia, 2007
John Moore – New York Rangers – United States, 2008
Riley Nash – Carolina Hurricanes – Canada West, 2006
Valeri Nichushkin – Dallas Stars – Russia, 2011
Joakim Nordström – Chicago Blackhawks – Sweden, 2009-10
Justin Schultz – Edmonton Oilers – Canada West, 2008
Jaden Schwartz – St. Louis Blues – Canada West, 2008
Brendan Smith – Detroit Red Wings – Canada East, 2006
Reilly Smith – Boston Bruins – Canada East, 2008
Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis Blues – Russia, 2008
Kyle Turris – Ottawa Senators – Canada West, 2006
Slava Voynov – Los Angeles Kings – Russia, 2007
Nail Yakupov – Edmonton Oilers – Russia, 2009


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