Want your hockey fix this holiday season amid the NHL lockout? If you watch the 2013 IIHF Under-20 World Championship, you can check out some potential future stars and Washington Capitals prospects.
The tournament features the two most recent No. 1 picks of the Edmonton Oilers, Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, plus guys like Jonathan Huberdeau and Dougie Hamilton, who could see the NHL whenever this work stoppage ends.
If your eyes are on the future of the Caps, you’ve got three players to look out for, all 2012 draft picks.
The United States has sixth-round pick Riley Barber, a right wing at Miami (Ohio) who leads his college team in scoring this season with eight goals and 14 assists. Barber’s ascent has been a quick one; he wasn’t even at the draft in Pittsburgh despite being from the area, and now he’s playing for Team USA in Ufa, Russia.
While you’re watching the U.S., keep an eye on defenseman Seth Jones, son of ex-Washington Wizards player Popeye Jones. Seth Jones could be the top pick in the 2013 draft.
Caps first-round pick Filip Forsberg is the captain for Sweden. Already signed to an entry-level deal with the Caps, the strong winger has a chance to be out of the standouts at the world juniors.
Seventh-rounder Christian Djoos, a quick but undersized defenseman, also plays for Sweden.
Washington’s other first-rounder, Tom Wilson, did not make the cut for Team Canada.
To watch Sweden, you’ll have to rely on web streams, but its games are included below.
Here’s a look at the NHL Network and NHL.com streaming schedule for the United States and Canada and Sweden’s tournament schedule at world juniors (all times Eastern):
USA vs. Germany, 9 a.m., NHL Network, NHL.com (Replay: 8 p.m.)
Canada vs. Slovakia, 4:30 a.m., NHL Network, NHL.com (Replay: 5:30 p.m.)
Sweden vs. Switzerland, 7 a.m.
USA vs. Russia, 9 a.m., NHL Network, NHL.com (Replay: 8 p.m.)
Sweden vs. Latvia, 7 a.m.
Sweden vs. Finland, 2:30 a.m.
USA vs. Canada, 4:30 a.m., NHL Network, NHL.com (Replay: 8 p.m.)
USA vs. Slovakia, 5 a.m., NHL Network, NHL.com (Replay: 8 p.m.)
Canada vs. Russia, 9 a.m, NHL Network, NHL.com (Replay: 5:30 p.m.)
Quarterfinal 1, 4 a.m., TBA
Quarterfinal 2, 8 a.m., TBA
Semifinal 1, 4 a.m., TBA
Semifinal 2, 4 a.m., TBA
Bronze medal game, 4 a.m., TBA
Gold medal game, 8 a.m., TBA