"World junior hockey is the greatest draft/prospect/scouting tourney"
Nothing else like it. In terms of EVERY player is reasonably likely to make it in the pros. They either already been drafted or are playing to be drafted. And the talent is deep and dense. Can't compare it to the Final Four.....more like if they had a tournaent with all-star lineups from each region.
Russia 4 Canada 3 in the bronze game so far. Kids are killing themselves out there. Gucharov? The next Datsyuk.
2. "Yeah although some guys get inflated/bum raps based on a short" In response to Reply # 0
If your team goes deep, yes, people will see what you can do. But if your squad only gets through qualifying play or like the quarters, eh, small sample size. Like Etem did nothing of note for the USA last year, he still ripped up the W at almost a goal a game. Other times guys get put in roles that don't really suit them, like Brett Connolly as a checker for Canada.
And you will know MY JACKET IS GOLD when I lay my vengeance upon thee.