The world junior, for years, has been called a 19-year-olds’ tournament — that is, the expectation is that players that age should be the ones dominating — but it doesn’t mean others can’t dominate, as draft-eligible players are capable of starring in the event.
Drafted or not, the following are 10 players who could bring observers to the edge of their seats once the tournament in Malmo, Sweden, begins on Boxing Day:
Jonathan Drouin, F, Canada
Draft: No. 3 by Tampa Bay in 2013
Skinny: Many figured Drouin would be in the NHL this season after he was the Quebec league’s MVP a year ago and led the Halifax Mooseheads to a Memorial Cup.