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COPENHAGEN - Brent Sutter was speaking to Paul Holmgren over

COPENHAGEN - Brent Sutter was speaking to Paul Holmgren over the summer when the topic of Scott Laughton came up and the Philadelphia Flyers general manager noted that the prospect reminded him a bit of Mike Richards. John Lackey Cubs Jersey . After Thursday, the two players have one more thing in common: both have served as captain of Canadas national junior team. Richards led Canada to gold in the 2005 event when Sutter was also coach. "He wasnt necessarily the best player on the team, but he was the glue of the team," Sutter recalled. Laughton, like Richards a first-round pick of the Flyers, was named captain of this years world junior squad on Friday. Sutter, now back for a third tour of duty behind the bench at the world juniors, informed Laughton of his decision before practice and then announced it to the team at the end of the workout. "Leadership with him comes naturally," said Sutter. "Hes a well-respected player inside our dressing room. He has a lot of charisma to him. He demands respect. He comes to play every night and he plays the right way." Holmgrens Richards comparison stuck with Sutter and has become clearer the more hes been around Laughton. And thats music to the 19-year-olds ears. "I've looked up to Mike Richards for a while now," said Laughton, who plays for the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League. "Hes with the same agent as me and ever since my junior draft year I've been looking up to him and watching him and hes my favourite player so its a pretty big honour to be [compared] to him." Often times Canadas captain will be a player with previous world junior experience, but there are just three returnees this time around. Jonathan Drouin, an 18-year-old, is the only forward back and was named an alternate captain along with Minnesota Wild defenceman Mathew Dumba. The other two returning players are defenceman Griffin Reinhart, who will miss the first three games due to a suspension, and goalie Jake Paterson, who is competing with Zach Fucale for the starting job. With that in mind, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Laughton had a pretty good idea of how hed fit in this year. "Im an older guy with pro experience so I knew I was going to be a leader on this team whether I did get a letter or not," he said. "Im a pretty vocal guy so Im going to continue to do that and also keep the room light and joke around a bit and things like that. Whenever a guy needs me to be there Im going to stick up for my teammates. Thats the biggest thing." Its clear why Laughton was an easy choice for Sutter. The Oakville, Ont. native can do it all. He filled a shutdown role while helping Canada win titles at the under-17 and under-18 levels, but is also dangerous in the offensive end. When he left for Canadas camp a week ago, he was seventh in OHL scoring with 24 goals and 50 points in 29 games. And, of course, hes also got some professional experience. Laughton got a taste of the NHL last season playing five games for the Flyers and then six more for the teams American Hockey League affiliate. "That really benefitted me and was huge for me just in terms of my confidence," he said. Laughton stuck with the Flyers out of training camp this fall, but was sent down early in the campaign without playing a game. "Its definitely disappointing and it always weighs in the back of your mind," Laughton admitted. "Coming back to junior, I tried to use it as motivation and tried to play my heart out and be a leader back in Oshawa and I think I've done that." Joe Maddon Cubs Jersey . Still, its a start. Josh Baileys goal with 1:40 left capped a furious third-period rally, and the Islanders edged the Penguins 4-3 on Friday night. Early Wynn White Sox Jersey .J. - Henrik Lundqvist has done more than set a couple of franchise records for the New York Rangers this week. http://www.wholesalejerseysgroup....base-stitched-mlb-jersey-360.html . Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris, city natives, handled the catering for teammates that begged them for the tasty postgame feast.The UFC kicks off its 2015 calendar with one of the biggest events of the year as Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier finally lock horns for the light heavyweight title at UFC 182 on Saturday. TSNs coverage begins with COUNTDOWN TO UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER at 7pm et/4pm pt on TSN4 and TSN5. The countdown show leads into two hours of UFC 182 preliminary fight coverage at 8pm et/5pm pt. Until then, here are TSN.cas picks for the event that appropriately sets the tone for one of the most anticipated years in the organizations history. -- MAIN CARD: Jon Jones (20-1) vs. Daniel Cormier (15-0) Light-Heavyweight Championship Andrew Robichaud, TSN.ca Jones - The reigning light-heavyweight champ and No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world has beaten everyone and anything in his path en route to the belt and beyond. Until someone can prove otherwise, he is the best of the best. Cormier - If anyone can knock Jones off his perch it is the undefeated Cormier. The former Olympic wrestler has manhandled his competition in two divisions and has barely scratched the surface of his light-heavyweight career. PICK: Jones via unanimous decision Ken Rodney, TSN.ca Jones - The light-heavyweight champion creates such a length and height mismatch with almost everyone he gets into the Octagon with, that before you even start talking about his incredible fight skills, it already seems like too much to overcome. He also, for the record, has those incredible skills and has proven it by becoming one of the most dominant champions in UFC history. Cormier Undefeated and tough as nails, Cormier has an Olympic level wrestling background and being a former heavyweight has faced bigger guys before. Very simply, the closer Cormier can get to Jones, the closer this fight will be in the end. PICK: Jones via unanimous decision -- Robichaud Donald Cerrone (25-6, 1NC) vs. Myles Jury (15-0) Cerrone - The resurgent Cowboy is on a five-fight win streak and was easily one of the most successful and exciting competitors in 2014. Despite already proving he deserves a shot at the lightweight crown, a win over Jury could seal his fate. Jury - The unbeaten 26-year-old is way past matchups against the lower half of the lightweight division but has yet to defeat top-tier talent at 155 pounds. The title conversation is a crowded one, but Jurys record can't be ignored much longer. PICK: Cerrone via unanimous decision Rodney Cerrone The Cowboy has looked better than ever putting together his winning streak and his last victory over Eddie Alvarez put all of his weapons on display as he kneed, kicked and brawled his way to victory. Jury Under the radar no more, Jury looked impressive earning a quick knockout in his last fight to keep his record unblemished. If he can continue to put pressure on his opponent and score takedowns he could see his arm raised in victory. PICK: Jury via unanimous decision Brad Tavares (12-3) vs. Nate Marquardt (33-13-2) Robichaud Tavares - The shine has temporarily faded from the promising middleweight after consecutive losses. Its not necessarily make-or-break time for Tavares, but its getting pretty close if he wants to be taken seriously as a title contender. Marquardt - Its been a rough road for the former Strikeforce wellterweight champion. Robin Ventura White Sox Jersey. After three straight losses in 2013, Marquardt rebounded - slightly - for a win in his only bout in 2014. This is make-or-break time for the veteran. PICK: Tavares via TKO Rodney Tavares - The 27-year-old hasnt tasted victory in almost a year, dropping two fights, including being stopped for the first time in his MMA career. Hell need an impressive victory to start rebuilding his case towards being a top middleweight. Marquardt Back in the middleweight division, a victory over James Te Huna snapped a three fight losing streak of his own. PICK: Tavares via unanimous decision Kyoji Horiguchi (14-1) vs. Louis Gaudinot (6-3, 1NC) Robichaud Horiguchi - Three wins in three UFC fights has vaulted Horiguchi into the No. 11 slot in the flyweight rankings. This isnt his toughest bout on paper, but it could go a long way for an ever-growing reputation. Gaudinot - The Ultimate Fighter competitor has been nothing short of disappointing since his UFC debut. Two losses and a failed drug test in four bouts means the leash is short for the New York native. PICK: Horiguchi via TKO Rodney Horiguchi - A fighter on the way up, three fights since joining the UFC all fairly impressive victories. Horiguchi has the power to bring this fight to a sudden finish. Gaudinot The 30-year-old needs to stop the negative momentum of his career after failing a drug test and failing to win his prior fight. In tough, but needs a victory in this bout. PICK: Horiguchi via TKO Hector Lombard (34-3-1, 1NC) vs. Josh Burkman (27-10) Robichaud Lombard - The UFC has proved a different challenge for the former Bellator star. However, when Lombard wins he does so quite convincingly. The welterweight division will be on high alert if he can find a little consistency. Burkman - The veteran hasnt seen the inside of the UFC Octagon since 2008 and he may have picked a terrible time to return - based on the guy who will be standing opposite him. But who knows, miracles do happen. PICK: Lombard via unanimous decision Rodney Lombard Looking for this third straight victory at welterweight, Lombard has been good for a very long time with only impressive wins and split decision losses on his recent ledger. The knockout blow is always in play. Burkman Fighting in the UFC for the first time since UFC 90, Burkman is going to be in tough in this bout. 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