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Gold medal game filled with NHL prospects

{eot} Staff
1/4/2010 4:55:49 PM
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As Canada and the United States get ready to take to the ice Tuesday night, many fans will have their eyes on Taylor Hall, the potential number one selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

However, this year's gold medal game will serve as the ultimate preview of several young prospects whose draft rights are already owned by Canada's six NHL clubs.

The World Junior Tournament has long been a launching pad for promising NHL careers and the gold medal game will be no different as there will be a considerable amount of future talent on display who have been drafted in recent years and will be sporting NHL jerseys in the coming years.

Here's a team-by-team breakdown.

Edmonton Oilers

Oilers fans have been witnessing what forward Jordan Eberle can do with the puck on his stick, as he continues to be a clutch member of Team Canada, setting a Canadian record by scoring a point in 11 straight games at the World Junior Hockey tournament. Eberle had his name engraved in Canadian hockey history when he netted the dramatic tying goal to help Canada defeat Russia in the semifinals a year ago, en route to gold.

In this year's tournament, he sits second overall in amongst scoring leaders with 11 points, tying him with Jason Allison for second on the all-time list for scoring by a Canadian in tournament history.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri flirted with controversy after making a throat slashing gesture at a member of the Slovakian team earlier in the tournament, but rebounded to deliver a goal in Canada's shootout victory over the U.S. in their first meeting. The London Knights star has shown flashes of the offensive skill that made him a first round pick in 2009. 

Jerry D'Amigo has turned heads over the last two weeks with his play for the U.S., tallying five goals and five assists over the course of the tournament. Drafted in the sixth round of last year's draft by the Leafs, D'Amigo's biggest moment came courtesy of his goal in the semifinal win over Sweden.

Montreal Canadiens

University of North Dakota freshman Danny Kristo has been in the Montreal Canadiens' system since 2008 when he was taken in the second round of the draft. The right winger has provided the U.S. squad with seven points in six games, five of which were goals.

Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks used their first round pick in 2009 on Jordan Schroeder and are now watching him contribute to Team USA's run towards gold. The 5'9", 185-pound Schroeder has two goals and five assists in his time away from the University of Minnesota.

Ottawa Senators

After being selected ninth overall in last year's draft by the Ottawa Senators, Jared Cowen is a steady member of the Canadian blue line. Outside of the tournament, the product of Allan, Saskatchewan is in his third year with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League.

Calgary Flames

Courtice, Ontario native Greg Nemisz helped lead the Windsor Spitfires to the Memorial Cup in 2008, and is hoping to follow that up with a gold medal as a member of Team Canada. The Flames' Nemisz is yet another first round pick filling out the rosters of the two final teams.  

Jordan Eberle  (Photo: Jana Chytilova/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Jana Chytilova/NHLI via Getty Images)
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