Previewing the Super Series
November, 14, 2013
By Corey Pronman | ESPN.com
Claus Andersen/Getty ImagesAaron Ekblad, a 2014 draft eligible defensemen, has 18 points in 19 games in the OHL.The Subway Super Series between the CHL and Russian Selects kicks off Nov. 18. This event is a prime viewing opportunity for some of Canada's top under-20 players, and also another prime evaluation tool for potential spots on Canada's World Junior Championships team. Full rosters can be found here.
Russia will not bring some of their top players, as they will be competing in an under-20 Four Nations tournament overseas. The New York Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich, Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevski and Edmonton's Bogdan Yakimov and Anton Slepyshev will not make the trip, but all four very likely will be at the WJC.
But, the same can't be said for the teams representing the three Canadian Major Junior leagues (QMJHL, OHL and WHL), as they'll essentially have "all hands on deck" for these contests. Here are some of the top prospects I'll be keeping an eye:
Madison Bowey, D, Kelowna Rockets (WHL), Washington Capitals
Bowey is a player I was high on at the 2013 NHL draft because of his significant upside. Washington selected him in the second round, as he’s a very good skater with offensive skill and a bomb for a shot. He really stood out at the spring under-18 tournament for Canada. He does still need to work a little on his decisions, but as a final cut from being invited to Canada's WJC camp in August, Bowey has a great opportunity with appearances in both WHL games to impress the evaluation staff.