Fresh Skates: The Top 20 Forwards to Watch At the World Junior Championships

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Fresh Skates: The Top 20 Forwards to Watch At the World Junior Championships
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For a hockey fan, there may be no more exciting time to watch than at the end of the year. Not just because we're approaching the midpoint of the NHL season with our fair share of surprises and amazement, but also because the bright lights will be coming on for the youngest talents the game has to offer.

I'm talking of course about the World Junior Championships in Buffalo slated to begin just after Christmas. With teams flocking from all over the globe to partake in the festivities, the HSBC Arena will likely fill to capacity with fans anxious to see some of the top young talents who have yet to explode at the NHL level.

It is with that in mind that we introduce you to 20 of the biggest faces to look out for as the tournament begins. These offensive demons could prove to be big, small, fast, slow, menacing, intimidating and scoring powerhouses. All shapes, all sizes and all kinds of fun await.

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