Draft risers from Under-18 Championship
With the 2012-13 NHL regular season over and the playoffs in full swing, the 2013 NHL draft looms on the horizon. Adding intrigue to the much-hyped 2013 draft class, which features top prospects such as Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones and Jonathan Drouin, the Colorado Avalanche won the draft lottery, bumping the Florida Panthers out of the No. 1 slot.
In the lead up to the draft, the recent IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sochi, Russia, provided a final showcase for top draft-eligible players from the 10 best hockey nations to boost their draft stocks among NHL scouts. While Canada defeated the U.S. to win the gold, a number of players vaulted their way up draft boards.
Here's a look at 10 prospects whose draft stock rose the most following the World U-18 Championship, as well as a list of top underage performers at the tournament.
Philippe Desrosiers, goaltender, Canada (Rimouski Oceanic/QMJHL)
Draft projection: Second round, 45-60
After a departure from the QMJHL playoffs in the first round, a series many expected Rimouski would win over Gatineau, a steady performance throughout the U-18 Championship has improved Desrosiers' stock. This year's list of goaltenders is considered average, in an otherwise extremely deep draft. Coming into these championships, I had some concerns about Desrosiers' athletic ability, but those concerns have been answered with his fine play -- especially in the medal round.
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