Some of the next generation of NHL stars will be on display over the coming two weeks during the Canadian Hockey League's Subway Super Series games.
The six-game series features the best junior-age players from Team Russia facing all-star teams from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. Beside national pride, players also will be competing for spots on the Canadian and Russian teams that will play in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Team Russia's two games against Team QMJHL will be shown live starting at 7 p.m. ET on the NHL Network in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.
The series starts Monday with Team Russia facing Team QMJHL in Blainville, Quebec. Among those skating for Team QMJHL is Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon, believed by some scouts to be the best player available in the 2013 NHL Draft class.
A 6-foot, 182-pound center, MacKinnon is tied for the QMJHL lead with 18 goals, and his 30 points place him sixth.