Buffalo Sabres' Prospects to Watch at the 2014 World Junior Championships

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Buffalo Sabres' Prospects to Watch at the 2014 World Junior Championships
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The World Junior Championships provide hockey fans with an opportunity to see the future stars of the game all in one place.

At this year's tournament, which kicks off in Sweden on Dec. 26, the biggest names of the National Hockey League's future—including Canada's Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid, the projected No. 1 picks of the 2014 and 2015 drafts, respectively—will be participating. It's a wonderful display of what we'll all be watching five, 10, 15 years down the road.

Five current Buffalo Sabres prospects are expected to take part in the event, as well. Three are names that are familiar to fans, as they have already appeared in NHL games with the young club. The other two may not be seen on the ice at First Niagara Center for years to come.

For all five—from 43-game NHLer Mikhail Grigorenko to 2013 fifth-round draft pick Gustav Possler—the tournament will give a chance for much-needed experience and the building blocks for success down the road in the Sabres' organization.

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