Nail Yakupov, Russia
The World Juniors are almost upon us, or what Canadians refer to as the best time of the year. Even in a year with games being played every night, Canadians wait for the next generation of stars to don the maple leaf and represent the nation over the holidays.
But this year is a little different. Not only is the tournament being played in Ufa, Russia, but there's no concern about players being blocked by the parent club and not being able to play in the tournament. A half dozen players on Team Canada, and a handful from other nations would be playing in the NHL if not for the lockout.
Thanks in large part to the league-ready players suiting up for their respective nations, the level of competition should be at an all-time high in this tournament. With that, let's take a look at the Top 10 players to watch in the tournament set to begin on Dec. 26th.no comments