Jeremy Morin: 20 Top Hockey Prospects to Watch in 2011

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Jeremy Morin: 20 Top Hockey Prospects to Watch in 2011
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We are right in the heat of the World Junior Hockey Championship.  This is some of the most exciting hockey that fans will see all year long.

Junior hockey gives us a chance to look at the players of tomorrow.  We can see future draft picks, solid players and even the occasional superstar.  This year's tournament is no exception. 

Already, players like Brayden Schenn have stepped up their game and shown why teams have drafted them so highly. 

At this point, in my opinion, Schenn is the tournament MVP. 

Los Angeles Kings fans like myself got to see Schenn for a few games to start the season.  There is no denying his talent.  He has all of the skills necessary to make a great career for himself in the National Hockey League.

Interestingly enough, the Los Angeles Kings aren't alone in watching one of their top prospects play in the tournament.  The Chicago Blackhawks are keenly watching Jeremy Morin. 

In this slideshow, I will examine 20 of the top prospects who could make a big impact in the NHL next season.  Not all of them are playing in the World Junior tournament, but many are.

This list is in no particular order.  Each of these players has the potential to go on and have a great and successful hockey career.

I hope you enjoy the read.

Follow me on Twitter: @michaelstuart93

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