On December 26, the eyes of the hockey world will descend on Ufa, Russia for the IIHF World Junior Championships. The world's best players under the age of 20 will come together to seek gold for their countries.
The tournament is a tremendous opportunity for future NHL stars to grab some attention. The 2012 NHL lockout has created a dream scenario where top picks from the last two drafts will compete alongside those battling to become first rounders in 2013.
Let's take a look at 26 of the most intriguing and gifted players in this year's tournament:
Statistics courtesy of eliteprospects.com