When you've been the best player on your team since you were about 10 years old and scouts have been tracking your development almost as long, there are certain things to which you grow accustomed. Big-pressure games, high-level competition, intense training; these are common things for world-class junior hockey stars.
Getting cut is not.
But even some of the world's top junior-aged players have faced the sting of getting cut when it has come time to try to make their national team for the IIHF World Junior Championship. The top under-20 tournament in the world is often a barometer for determining the top young prospects in the game. And for some of the top-ranked players -- many of whom have just been selected in the NHL Draft -- it means getting cut for the first time in their young lives.