In recent years, with the growing focus of the hockey community on young prospects, the World Junior Championships have enjoyed an ever increasing viewership. The trouble though, is that all these international prospects are creating divided loyalties.
Sarnia Sting captain and top Montreal Canadiens prospect Alex Galchenyuk has been unsurprisingly named to Team USA's selection camp, and with only 15 forwards invited, he is a complete lock for the team.
By now most of you know that Galchenyuk has duel citizenship, being born to Russian parents in the USA. He has chosen to play for America on the international stage, although he would be a star on either team.
Galchenyuk has been arguably the best player in the OHL this season, even coming off of major knee surgery. The young American has 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points in just 28 games played. That ranks him 3rd in the OHL behind players a year older than him.
Notably absent from the invites however, is fellow Habs prospect Brady Vail. Vail has been colder as of late offensively, but his skill at shutting down the opponent's top players is an asset the USA could really benefit from.
The USA has just three returning players from last year's World Junior Championships, defenseman Jacob Trouba, forward J.T. Miller, and goaltender John Gibson.
The World Juniors this holiday season are in Ufa, Russia. This means you'll have to wake up at obscene hours to watch them happen. We'll be opening up game threads for Canada games at the least, maybe for Team USA as well.