There is always something to watch for when NHL personnel―whether it's the players, prospects or coaches―engage in on-ice competition of any sort. For the followers of franchises who do not make the Stanley Cup playoffs, the IIHF World Championship is the tournament to turn to.
The 2013 World Championship culminated Sunday in a bronze medal for the United States, silver for Switzerland and gold for Sweden. For the two teams who won their final tilt on Sunday, the topmost storyline sits in the cage, where a couple of young goaltenders have elevated their stock as NHL starters in the making.
Other programs that came up short of hardware have their share of individual storylines that the fans of NHL teams should have been monitoring. Furthermore, with the next Winter Olympics approaching in nine months, participating stars in the World Championship have something to pick up on if they go to Sochi.
With summer suddenly harder to keep pushing off for the better part of the global hockey community, here are the top 10 ice chips to pick up from the World Championship and potentially revisit next season.