The second annual Junior Club World Cup ended with an all-North American final between the Ontario League’s Sudbury Wolves and United States League’s Waterloo Black Hawks. And the showdown didn’t disappoint. The Wolves came away with a 2-0 victory, but Waterloo carried the play for long stretches. With the JCWC and more in mind, here’s a look at some of the players we’re excited to see in the NHL one day.
Ian McCoshen, D – Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
The Black Hawks know they’re close. Last season ended with a loss in the USHL final to Green Bay, while this campaign kicked off with a silver medal at the JCWC. McCoshen is a key member of the blueline for Waterloo, which boasts some other nice names up front and in net, but the onus is on the Wisconsin native on the back end.
“Last year we had a special run, but unfortunately didn’t come up with the prize,” he said. “We have high goals this year that we’re set to fulfill.”
In the loss to Sudbury, McCoshen showed a wide range of positive attributes, not the least of which was his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame. He played in all situations during the tourney and looked dangerous when jumping into the rush.
“I’m just a calm two-way player that likes to take care of his own zone first and make a good first pass,” he said. “I’d like to improve my skating abilities, open up my hips and be more powerful.”
A graduate of the famed Shattuck St. Mary’s program in Minnesota, McCoshen was born in Seal Beach, Calif., before moving to the Midwest as a young child. He credits Shattuck with preparing him for life in the USHL - and with his roots, the NCAA is calling.
“I’m between three schools,” he said. “Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha.”
All fine programs – and all three that would be more than happy to have a player of McCoshen’s caliber locked down for the near future. Draft eligible in 2013.
Josh Leivo, LW – Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
The leading scorer in the JCWC with six goals and 11 points in six games, Leivo also potted the winner in the final. The left winger uses his 6-foot-2 frame well when protecting the puck, which was evident when he fought off a defender en route to his breakaway gold medal goal. Drafted 86th overall by Toronto in 2011.
Taylor Cammarata, C – Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
Along with Chicago pick Vince Hinostroza, Cammarata was the most dangerous Hawk on the ice in the final. Despite his small stature, Cammarata doesn’t shy away from the corners and his lightning-quick stick gives defenders fits, particularly when he’s using his vision to dish off to teammates. Cammarata is committed to the University of Minnesota. Draft eligible in 2013.
Frank Corrado, D – Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
Corrado and partner Justin Sefton were largely tasked with shutting down the likes of Cammarata, Hinostroza and Justin Kloos in the final and with a goose egg on the ledger, it’s pretty obvious they got the job done. But the physical Corrado also salted away the game with his power play wrister from the point, giving the Wolves insurance to close the tournament. Drafted 150th overall by Vancouver in 2011.
Sasha Barkov, C – Tappara Tampere (Fin.)
In the early going, Barkov is slated to be the first European to go in the draft this year and his initial showing at the club team European Trophy tourney is confirming that. Big and skilled, Barkov already has two goals and four points in four games as Tappara sits atop the East Division. Draft eligible in 2013.
Anthony DeLuca, LW – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
A Martin St-Louis acolyte who almost followed his idol to the University of Vermont, DeLuca instead hooked up with the Oceanic and the early returns are solid. Built like a Sherman tank, DeLuca has posted three goals and six points in his first three pre-season games to lead the league in scoring. Draft eligible in 2013.
Jesper Pettersson, D – Linkoping (Swe.)
The Swedes took bronze at the JCWC thanks to a 1-0 win over Shinnik of Belarus and Pettersson was a big factor in getting them to that game. Leading all tourney blueliners with four goals and eight points in six games, Pettersson used to be on the smallish side, but now comes in at a perfectly average 5-foot-11, 181 pounds. Draft eligible in 2013.
Andrew MacWilliam, D – University of North Dakota (WCHA)
Never to be confused with an offensive dynamo, MacWilliam has nonetheless been a sturdy, physical presence on the UND blueline during his first three campaigns. Entering his final year in college, the Calgary native will don the green sweater as captain, with Habs prospect Danny Kristo as one of the assistants. Drafted 188th overall by Toronto in 2008.
Artturi Lehkonen, RW – KalPa (Fin.)
Another top Finn to watch for, Lekhonen has also been a point-per-gamer at the European Trophy showdown. Internationally he has worn the ‘C’ for Suomi, while playing in all situations and demonstrating a knack for scoring in different situations. He’s particularly dangerous on breakaways. Draft eligible in 2013.
Francois Brassard, G – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
With Louis Domingue aging out, the crease is up for grabs in Quebec City and Brassard is in the best position to seize the reins. A feel-good story at the draft (his dad is a hockey writer in Ottawa), Brassard is getting it done early, with a league-leading 1.50 goals-against average through two exhibition appearances. Drafted 166th overall by Ottawa in 2012.
The Hot List, a roundup of minor league, junior, college and high school players we’re excited to one day see in the NHL, appears every Tuesday only on thehockeynews.com. A player is eligible for The Hot List until they play their first NHL game.
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