The 2014 NHL draft is more than seven months away but for the players who are eligible to be chosen, their time is now.
Every game counts when it comes to making favorable impressions in front of scouts that can lead to improved rankings when the big day arrives.
International tournaments such as summer's Ivan Hlinka tournament and the World Under-18 Championship can be key showcases in front of big audiences. The chosen few will also show what they've got at the Subway Super Series later this month or the World Junior Championships over the holidays.
For the rest, the goal is to make a contribution to their junior squad while working on the physical and mental tools they'll need if they hope to crack the elite world of the NHL someday.
Here's a look at 10 who are impressing so far in the early season.