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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: January 5, 2015

In the Jan. 5 edition of THN, it’s our XL-sized World Junior Championship Preview, with 32 pages of previews, predictions and analysis on the world’s best youngsters, on top of our standard top-to-bottom coverage of the NHL and beyond. In the issue: • Who’s No. 1? Much more than gold is on the line at the WJC as phenom prospects Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid get set for an epic showdown. Plus 10 scouts weigh in on who’s the best in 10 categories – and the results are razor thin • McDavid And Eichel are this year’s 1A & 1B prospects, but they’ve got a long way to go to become the best top two draft picks of all-time, says Jason Kay • Blowout previews on Canada and Team USA, looking at each country by position and breaking down strengths and weaknesses • Features on WJC hopefuls Sam Reinhart, Max Domi, Julius Honka, Kevin Fiala, Robert Hagg, Thatcher Demko, Josh Morrissey, J.T. Compher, Jakub Vrana, William Nylander, Juuse Saros, Ivan Barbashev, Noah Rod, Martin Reway, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Dominik Kahun…and even Leon Draisaitl • Our scene setter tells you where to go and eat in the WJC’s host cities, Toronto and Montreal • How did the world juniors begin? The inside story of Murray Williamson’s baby turned beast • Ryan Kennedy explains why a U.S.-style NTDP would benefit Canada on the world stage • The Best WJC Team Ever. The lockout and a burning desire for redemption made Canada’s 2005 squad one the world will never forget • What does the future of scouting hold? Old-school vision meets new-school precision as the many ways to assess talent evolves to include analytics • Meet the man you’ve (likely) never heard of who helped the Kings reach the top and is now part of the Flames turnaround • The hockey world says goodbye to Pat Quinn & Viktor Tikhonov. We remember two giants of the sport whose impact lives on • We catch up with former goalie Tommy Soderstrom, whose NHL stay was a short but memorable one • Adam Proteau has Christmas gifts for NHLers – who’s naughty and who’s nice? • The touching story of Mike Nichols, who was left paralyzed by a hit from behind but is determined to walk – and skate – again

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