The 2009 IIHF Under-18 tournament just concluded this weekend in Fargo-Moorhead with Team USA (pictured) taking gold. They beat the Russians 5-0. It's the 11th year of the tournament and the Americans have won four times, the most of any other country. I've been a casual observer of this tourney for the last few years, mostly watching players who will be attending the University of Denver in the near future. Denver had four recruits in this tournament, including Colorado native Drew Shore, who is expected to be taken in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Since I began blogging about prospects more then two years ago, I've looked at this tournament more through a "NHL scout's eye." The college hockey side of me is excited for the future of the Denver Pioneers, but I realize it's also a breeding ground for future NHL stars.