Four teams will be in contention when the Memorial Cup, emblematic of junior hockey supremacy, gets underway tonight in Brandon, Manitoba. But this tournament belongs to the Windsor Spitfires, win or lose.
The Spitfires, who in 2009 became the first team ever to lose the first two games before winning the Cup, are looking to become the first to repeat since the 1995 Kamloops Blazers, a legendary club that featured
Fifteen years from now, this Spits roster could look just as loaded. Their lineup features 10 players who have already been drafted into the NHL, including first rounders
"He's a special player," a scout told SI.com. "He's a faster Iginla. He's capable of winning this thing all by himself...as long as he doesn't try to win it all by himself."
While Hall, who led the OHL in scoring and has guided the Spits to a pair of OHL titles, will be the center of attention, he's just one of nearly 40 members of the Spits, Moncton Wildcats, Calgary Hitmen and host Brandon Wheat Kings who are either NHL draftees or expected to be taken in the first three rounds this June.
Here are the 12 players most worth watching (