Evaluating top World Juniors prospects 

January, 1, 2013

Ryan Nugent-HopkinsAP PhotoRyan Nugent-Hopkins has starred for Team Canada.
It shouldn't come as any surprise that Edmonton Oilers top pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has impressed with his play at the World Junior Championships, currently being held in Ufa, Russia. But for me he is clearly the best player in the tournament.

But there are a lot of other top performers to talk about as well. In a tournament like the WJC, a prospect's value is often measured by your last game, and with the playoff round still to come (starts Jan. 2), there's still plenty of time for the players to make a good (or bad) impression. While I am not in Ufa attending the event in person, I've tracked the tournament via broadcast and have watched these prospects live for the past 3-4 years. Here is a look at each country's top performers.