With the IIHF World Junior Championship fast approaching, our final preview includes profiles on the top drafted players among the European teams. We also include some brief notes on the top draft-eligible players as well as predictions for the tournament.
As with the breakdowns of Team USA and Team Canada already posted, these notes are based on personal viewings and discussions with scouts, and each drafted player is listed with his NHL club.
Teuvo Teravainen, C, Chicago Blackhawks
Teravainen is expected to carry Finland on his back, entering the tournament as one of the top drafted prospects outside the NHL. Teravainen's puck possession skills are outstanding. He's a great puck handler, with offensive instincts that are off the charts. He makes lightning-quick decisions, controls the play very well and has a bullet of a one-timer.