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  • The Press Box August 13, 2012

    Future NHL Fantasy Hockey Stars
    There are two tournaments happening right now worth keeping an eye on if you are prospecting for future fantasy hockey gold, the Canada Russia series that resumes tonight in Halifax for game three, and the Ivan Hlinka Tournament that starts today.
    Here is Canada's line up for game one of the Ivan Hlinka under 18 game one vs. Switzerland

    Drouin - MacKinnon - Lazar
    Reinhart - Domi - Kujawinski
    Duclair - Horvat - Ritchie
    Klimchuk - Gregoire - Laplante
    Theodore - Morrisey
    Bowey - Nurse
    Subban - Bigras

    For a more detailed look into the roster, read The Hockey Writers article Breaking Down Canada’s 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Roster by David O'Connor (@DavidOConnor95 )

    Another player not mentioned by O'Connor worthy of keeping a close eye on is Kingston Frontenacs Ryan Kujawinski. He was acquired by the Fronts in a mid season trade for top prospect Ryan Spooner. Kujawinski is a former first round pick and really began to break out for the Fronts after being acquired from Sarnia. THW Margann Laurissa takes a closer look at Kujawinski in her article Kujawinski a Keeper in Kingston

    Dobber Prospects Brenda Ross recently commented about Kujawinski on Twitter:
    Brendan Ross ‏@RossyYoungblood

    Ryan Kujawinski's hockey career has been trending upwards ever since being traded out of Sarnia. Good to see him doing well. Sarnia fans sigh

    Yahoo Sports Neate Sager (@neatebuzzthenet) also thinks big things are in sore for the big man as he writes Kingston Frontenacs’ Ryan Kujawinski could become ‘face of the franchise’ Sager interviews Fronts head Coach Todd Gill who says "He's an unbelievable skater, he's a big man, he's at least 6-1, 190 pounds at 16 years of age, he gets around the ice very, very well, he's a great passer and has a bomb of a shot," is how Gill describes Kujawinski, who hails from Iroquois Falls, Ont., a 4 1/2-hour drive north of Sudbury. "He has it all. When he matures into that body, he's going to be a scary individual to watch on the ice. I see him as a future star, not only in this league, but in the NHL."

    Canada and Russia split the first two games of the Canada Russia series. Several prominent prospects have stood out for Canada including Malcolm Subban, Dougie Hamilton, Morgan Rielly, Sean Monahan, and for Russia Anton Slepyshev, and Kirill Kapustin have made me take notice of their offense.

    These Tournaments are providing excellent insight to how close these top prospects may be to breaking out in the NHL as they play against elite competition for their age group. If they do not stand out then how can you expect them to compete against a higher level of play in the NHL? With fantasy hockey draft season a few weeks away, these games can help with some last minute adjustments to your fantasy rankings.

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    By Peter Harling
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