OTPP: Holiday Edition, World Junior Preview and More

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Casey Mittelstadt
Casey Mittelstadt celebrates a goal during the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on September 22, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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OTPP: Holiday Edition, World Junior Preview and More

Holidays means the World Juniors are about to start. With the tournament in Buffalo, all eyes will be on Sabres top draft pick Casey Mittelstadt. Will the Americans use him at center or wing? Who are the other key players on Team USA.

Meanwhile Canadian eyes will be focused on Carter Hart. The Philadelphia Flyers prospect is putting up a ridiculous .961 save percentage for Everett in the WHL. Can he be the best goalie in the tournament and lead Canada to gold? Do the Canadians have enough offence? Is Sam Steel or Robert Thomas the number one centre?

Meanwhile, The Finns have five first rounders on their blue line and a strong group up front. The Czechs have a number of top forwards including Martin NecasRasmus Dahlin leads the Swedes, and Andrei Svechnikov will be a key part of Team Russia. Denmark is looking for another upset. Switzerland has another potential top-five pick (this one for 2019). Slovakia brings strong goaltending to the tournament. Belarus remains the plucky underdog. We have a full World Junior Preview.

NHL News

The New York Islanders have a new arena plan. They are headed back to Long Island, with their new building going at Belmont Park. What does this mean for their attempt to keep John Tavares?

Meanwhile, the boys look at the surprises around the league. Can the Vegas Golden Knights keep winning? What about the New Jersey Devils? Are the Winnipeg Jets for real? What is happening with the Dallas Stars?

 

Main Photo: Casey Mittelstadt celebrates a goal during the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on September 22, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)

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