Leafs prospect Tyler Biggs is poised to go to the Big Show.
The six-foot-two, 223-pound right winger will represent the USA at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships which run from Boxing Day to Jan 5 in Ufa, Russia.
Coached by one-time Leaf Phil Housley, the American team is coming off a disastrous seventh-place showing after winning a bronze in 2011 and gold in 2010.
The roster is set but for some late-minute tweaking that could involve one of the team’s defencemen.
The Leafs first-round selection, 22nd overall in 2011, the 19-year-old Biggs moved from Miami of Ohio University to the Oshawa Generals this season. In 34 games, Biggs has scored 15 goals and added 18 assists for the first-place Generals. He has accrued 49 penalty minutes.
Biggs is amassing a solid international record. While this is his first appearance in the World Juniors, Biggs scored to knock out Canada in the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championships. The previous year he scored five goals and added an assist as the US won gold at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The Americans play arch-rivals Russia in pool play Dec. 28 and Canada Dec. 30.
With the lockout droning on the tournament will garner a windfall of housebound Maple Leaf fans anxious for any hockey entertainment. The Canadian team will feature Moose Jaw defenceman Morgan Rielly, the Leafs fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Another Leafs prospect, goalie Garret Sparks (seventh round, 2011) will play for Team USA while defenceman Tom Nilsson is also expected to play for Sweden.
The tournament begins Boxing Day with two Leafs prospects in action as Canada faces Germany (4:30am, TSN) and Sweden faces Czech Republic (7am).