A mass of would-be NHL players who shall play in the IIHF World Junior Championships owing to the ongoing lockout will rightly draw their share of attention over the next two weeks. Ditto some of the most regarded prospects for the 2013 entry draft.
Nonetheless, no one should overlook the prospects that would ordinarily constitute the top layer of talent in this tournament.
Almost everyone certainly knows Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Dougie Hamilton, Hampus Lindholm, Filip Forsberg, Mikhail Grigorenko, Alex Galchenyuk, Griffin Reinhart, Morgan Rielly, Mark Scheifele and Ryan Strome.
But those following the WJC should also take note of the following 15 aspirant NHLers.