Team USA & Noah Hanifin Off to Fast Start at World Junior Championship
Former VJW youth star Noah Hanifin continues his strong play at the World Junior Championship, which is being held at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The current freshman at Boston College is expected to be a top 3 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft next June and his stock continues to rise with each passing game for Team USA, which is off to a 2-0 start heading into the final two games of Group play. The quarterfinals will be held on January 2.
Here is what CBS Sports recently had to say about the Warrior alum as part of its Top 10 Players to Watch feature.
Noah Hanifin, USA: Sometimes referred to as "the other guy" in the Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel draft fervor, Hanifin very well could be the third overall pick in June. He accelerated his schooling to attend Boston College a year early and has been a top-pairing defenseman for a lot of the year at 17 years old. Despite being an underager on this U.S. roster, Hanifin looks to play a prominent role for Team USA. He's spent most of this year paired with Florida Panthers prospect Ian McCoshen at BC and could be for the U.S. as well. That built-in chemistry could help Hanifin have a big tournament and cement his spot among the top players on draft boards throughout the NHL.
All World Junior Championship games are being aired live on the NHL Network. Click here to follow all of the action.