The ice chips from the IIHF World Junior Championships have long settled, and several participants are now raring to take a crack at an NHL roster during training camp this weekend. Others will not be mentioned in many households again until the next NHL draft rolls around, but they have logged another key item on their transcript to build upon in the next five-plus months.
With a little more than a week left before the better part of the collective hockey enthusiasts’ minds turn to the NHL’s present, now is the time for another long look at the future.
The best performances of draft-eligible WJC participants should not the sole decider as to where they ought to land on the selection board in New Jersey this summer. With that said, those performances need not be overlooked while evaluating the prospects’ seasons with their respective full-time amateur clubs.
As part of the ongoing buildup to the next draft, here are the tournament’s top-10 undrafted, 18-and-under NHL prospects.