Gare Joyce profiles potential 2012 top-10 draft pick Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting, who, despite Russian and Canadian roots, wants to play international hockey for the U.S. on his way to the NHL.
Gare Joyce looks at one Canadian -- Sean Couturier -- and five U.S. players who could be factors at the World Juniors in Buffalo. Couturier is a top-flight prospect, unquestionably, but he may be between a rock and a hard place in Buffalo.
Seth Ambroz was going to play for the Minnesota Golden Gophers this year, but the coach couldn't promise him enough ice time. Though he'll head back to the USHL, he'll return to his home state for the '11 NHL draft when Ambroz might go top 10.
David Musil comes from hockey pedigree: his grandfather and father both played in the NHL; the latter played just short of 800 games. For the younger Musil to make his mark, he'll need to add to his big frame with on-ice mobility and game strength.