Five Wings prospects to represent in 2012 WJC
It's always wise to invest in the future, right?
Well the Wings will get a chance to see what their potential investments can do as five of the team's prospects will represent their countries in the 2012 World Junior Championships.
So who are these five young players?
2011 Draft picks: Mattias Backman (Sweden), Tomas Jurco (Slovakia) and Marek Tvrdon (Slovakia)
Backman is a defenseman in the Linkoping junior league and has 9 points in 34 games. Jurco, a YouTube sensation among hockey fans, is a right wing for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) and has 21 goals and 24 assists this season. Tvrdon is a forward for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) and has 14 goals and 23 assists on the season.
2010 Draft picks: Petr Mrazek (Czech Republic) and Teemu Pulkkinen (Finland)
Mrazek is a goalie for the Ottawa 67's (OHL) and has recorded 17 wins and 7 losses, with 1 shutout and 3.06 GAA. Pulkinnen is a forward for Jokerit (SM-liiga) and has 13 goals and 16 assists this season.
The tournament begins on December 26 and ends with the gold medal game on January 5, and will be held at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary and Rexall Place in Edmonton.
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