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2012 NHL draft prospects highlight WHL's leg of Super Series versus Russia

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MOOSE JAW, Sask. - The Western Hockey League's leg of the Subway Super Series features a look at some players projected to hear their names called early in the 2012 NHL draft.

Red Deer defenceman Matt Dumba, Moose Jaw defenceman Morgan Reilly and Kelowna forward Colton Sissons are among the top prospects for the draft class of 2012.

The WHL announced 29 players who will face a Russian team Nov. 16 in Regina and Nov. 17 in Moose Jaw, Sask.

The Super Series is an annual six-game series in which the Quebec, Ontario and Western major junior leagues host Russia in a warmup for the world junior hockey championships.

The CHL won every series from 2003 to 2009 before the Russians won four of the six games last year.

The QMJHL opens the series Nov. 7 in Victoriaville and Nov. 9 in Quebec City before the OHL takes over with games Nov. 10 in Ottawa and Nov. 14 in Sault Ste. Marie.

The players chosen for the series are all eligible (born in 1992 or later) to play for Canada in this year's world junior championship starting Dec. 26 in Edmonton and Calgary.

Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast evaluates players during the series for a possible invitation to December's selection camp.

Moose Jaw Warriors forward Quinton Howden won a silver medal with the Canadian team at the 2011 world junior tournament in Buffalo, N.Y. The first-round pick of the Florida Panthers will lead the WHL squad versus the Russians.

Saskatoon defenceman Duncan Siemens (Colorado), Portland Winterhawks defenceman Joe Morrow (Pittsburgh) and Prince Albert Raiders centre Mark McNeill (Chicago) are also first-round draft picks on the roster.

Prendergast and a panel of WHL general managers chose the players. Vancouver Giants head coach Don Hay, who will also coach Canada at the world junior championship, will be behind the WHL's bench.

The WHL is 13-3 all-time versus Russia in this series. All six games will be televised on Sportsnet and the QMJHL games will also be shown on TVA.

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