The 2014 World Junior Championships have come and gone.
Finland captured gold on January 5 to win the tournament for players under the age of 20. The host team, Sweden, fell to Finland 3-2 to settle for silver.
Russia defeated Canada to take home bronze. Canada and the United States, two favorites, went home with nothing.
The World Juniors are exciting to watch for the international hockey fan in everyone each year. But whether you have an allegiance to a certain nation or not, it can still be a good time to get familiar with top young prospects.
(Photo: Robert Hagg of Sweden. Photo by Joel Marklund/photo agency)
Yesterday, center Scott Laughton returned to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL for the second consecutive year. However, last year's stay lasted a full five games, and this time around, zero.
19-year-old Laughton failed to crack the lineup in favor of forwards Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. If he could not beat Rosehill or Hall in the lineup, why keep him around?
The Philadelphia Flyers may have one of the deepest center combinations in the entire National Hockey League.
Captain Claude Giroux had a “subpar” lockout shortened year, but still registered 48 points in just as many games. Giroux is just a year removed from a career-high of 28 goals, 93 points and it would not be out of the realm of possibility that he eclipses both this season.
With more players able to play the penalty kill, it seems likely that Giroux will get less time on the PK, opening him up to doing what he does best: playmaking.
(Photo: Flyers captain Claude Giroux will man the top line again this season. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)
The Flyers had to make a decision before tonight's game, and they did so two hours before the puck dropped for tonight's game.
The Flyers announced that they will send 18-year-old forward Scott Laughton back to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren let Laughton know this afternoon that he was sending him back to Oshawa. Holmgren said it was a difficult decision but it was in the best interest of Laughton that he was sent back.
The Flyers have brought back a familiar face to their organization.
Grizzled veteran Mike Knuble, who turned 40 last July, agreed to a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Flyers. It has been four years since Knuble was last a Flyer, and he will look to continue his long career back in Philadelphia.
Knuble's signing came as a result of losing Scott Hartnell for most of the season. Hartnell broke his foot on Tuesday and will miss 4-8 weeks according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
(Photo: Mike Knuble playing for Washington in 2011. Photo by Kevin Dietsch)
The first five games will be the most important for rookie forward Scott Laughton.
The 18-year-old center made his NHL debut in the Flyers' 3-1 loss to the Penguins. For the 12 minutes he was out there, Laughton tried to prove why the Flyers selected him with the 20th pick last year.
Laughton was physical and agressive in his debut.
"I thought he played well," said Flyers alternate captain Scott Hartnell. "He was moving his feet, he was finishing his checks, he’s very sound defensively."