Here is who we're keen to see at this year's tourney
Here are the German players we'll be keeping an eye on at the 2013 WJHC starting December 26th. This is not a ranking of their top players or prospects, just the guys that we're interested in scouting and assessing their future fantasy hockey potential.
#15 Leon Draisaitl, LW (2014 Eligible) - This is the next great German hope as the kid has put up Gretzky-like numbers in the German U16 circuit (97+95=192 in 29 games in 2010/11) and is pretty much the best German player whenever he steps on the ice. He's proving himself outside of his own borders this year as he is 2nd in the WHL in rookie scoring with 9+19=28 in 33 games for Prince Albert. I've only had one brief glimpse of him in game action, so looking forward to seeing him line up against the world's top talent that is at least a year or two older than him.
#22 Tobias Rieder, RW (EDM-2011-4th-#114) - He is the only NHL drafted player on the team and this will be his fourth WJCs, so he'll be counted on as the team's offensive leader. He racked up 55+56=111 in 76 OHL (regular & playoff) games last season with Kitchener so he won't be intimidated by the competition but he does enter the tournament with a bum foot, so his status is questionable.
#21 Dominik Kahun, LW (2013 Eligible) - As prolific as Draisaitl has been, his sometimes linemate Kahun actually put up more points in each of the prior two seasons with 206 in 30 games(!) at the U-16 level two years ago and 21+36=57 in 36 games in the German Jr. league last season. This season he's making out ok with 8+17=25 in 32 games for Sudbury (OHL). Standing at just 5'9" he's got a lot of work to do if he wants to turn himself into a prospect but we'll give him a look to see if he can flash some skills.
#11 Leo Pfoderl, LW (Undrafted 2011 & 2012) - He is typically one of the top goal scorers amongst the '93 born Germans in various competitions and given that he plays in the top German league (DEL), we'd expect him to be one of the team leaders in Ufa.
#23 Frederik Tiffels, LW (2013 Eligible) - Has no goals (14 assists) in 23 games so far this season in the USHL so we'll give him a passing glance to see if it appears that he's just been unluckly or if he essentially has zero finishing ability.
Others to Watch:
#1 Marvin Cupper, G (Undrafted 2012) - He's performed admirably at the last two U-18s for Germany and is holding up relatively well as a rookie in the Q (6-17-3, 3.57 & .895) playing for a weak team in Shawinigan.
#2 Oliver Mebus, D (Undrafted 2011 & 2012) - There may not be much to see here but Mebus will be hard to miss as he tips the scales at 6'9" & 240. For a player that size to not be playing in the DEL or have received a sniff from the CHL or NHL, that should tell you all you need to know about his future prospects.
Anyone I missed?... let me know in the comments.