OTPP: Look at the World Juniors, All-Star Rosters, Drouin, Iginla's 600th, and More

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Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Powerplay with Ben and Dave. Join Ben Kerr and Dave Gove each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

On this week’s edition:

The boys look at Finland’s big win in the World Juniors.  What does the tournament mean for top prospects like Olli Juolevi, Jesse Puljujarvi, and Patrik Laine?  How did Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk improve their stock while playing for the U.S. squad?  What went wrong for Team Canada this year?

The boys also look at the selection of the All-Star teams and the captains.  What does the John Scott vote say about the NHL All-Star Game and the future of fan voting? What about the abscence of Sidney Crosby? What selections were most surprising.

Jonathan Drouin has requested a trade. Dave and Ben discuss why.  Is Drouin just another entitled young player expecting more than he’s earned? or is this part of something bigger going on in Tampa Bay?  What can the Bolts get for the youngster, and how can they avoid seeing this situation lead to more trade requests.

They also look at Jarome Iginla and his 600th career goal.  How high can he move on the all-time goal scoring charts, and what is his place in the annals of the game?

They also look at the Winter Classic.  With ratings down this year, the boys look at a number of reasons why the NHL’s hottest property wasn’t as hot as its been in recent years.  Was it outside competition? Lack of promotion? A blow out game? No longer something special? or something else that plagued the Winter Classic this year.

OTPP: Look at the World Juniors, All-Star Rosters, Iginla’s 600th, and More

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NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 24:  Jonathan Drouin #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning plays against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on September 24, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)