The Penguins have an impressive group of prospects participating at the World Junior Championships this year.  Despite the fact that top propsects Lucas Raymond, Seth Jarvis and Alex Newhook will likely be sticking with their pro teams, the Penguins have seven promising players who will don their nations colours this winter. 

Team Canada

Jake Neighbours - the Alberta native had a cup of coffee with the St. Louis Blues this season, notching his first NHL goal.  Neighbours has destroyed the WHL in his return to the Oil Kings amassing 18 points in only 10 games. 

Ridly Greig - after scoring a highlight reel goal in an exhibition game with Sens and being suspending for a sus cross check, Greig has manhandled the WHL competition this year.  The young centermen has 14+14 in only 19 games with Brandon Wheat Kings. 

Olen Zellweger - an offensive minded rearguard who was 5 days too old for the upcoming entry draft. With 27 points in 20 games, an impressive feat for a defender, Zellweger would have easily been a top ten pick this year.

Team USA

Matty Beniers - After getting off to a slow start, Matty Beniers has been absolutely lights out for the University of Michigan as of late.  With 11+11 in 20 games, Beniers looks to be one of the goto guys for the red, blue and white this year. 

Brock Faber - The Rock has been a steady for the University of Minnesota this season.  Faber looks to be a minute eating defender who is capable of chipping in offensively from time to time. 

Team Sweden

Alexander Holtz - The young sniper got off to a hot start with the Utica Comets, but has lost some of his sizzle as of late.  Holtz has seen some time with the Devils this year, but looks to be more of a work in progress in comparsion to his fellow terror twin, Lucas Raymond. Holtz will be the guy for the Swedes and hopes to have a better performance than he did last year. 

Team Finland

Topi Niemela - The right handed, offensive defender looks to be a steal at this point in his development. Niemela has destroyed the Liiga from an offensive standpoint. He could be a future top PP quarterback one day and should be a high minute player for the Finns this year. 

Kalle Vaisanen - Vaisanen is getting his first taste of Liiga action this season and has proved that he can kick it with the old guys, despite being played sparingly. He will likely suit up for the Finns in a bottom six role.