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    He certainly has not been dominant in Major Junior play so far. 5 goals and 13 points in 18 games, with a plus/minus of -14.

    I can forgive the plus/minus rating due to the team that he plays for, and likewise for the same reason can forgive (to a degree) the lack of production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    Terrific feature done by Sportsnet. Unfortunately, Levin is out indefinitely after breaking his hand last week in practice

    http://www.thesudburystar.com/2015/1...es-vs-bulldogs

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    A few things to get from the video. No desire to go to the army, and taking it further to live back in Israel. He said, if he makes the NHL, his dream is to move his family to Canada. Very interesting. Also interesting that international hockey was not talked about in the feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hckeyguy25 View Post
    A few things to get from the video. No desire to go to the army, and taking it further to live back in Israel. He said, if he makes the NHL, his dream is to move his family to Canada. Very interesting. Also interesting that international hockey was not talked about in the feature.
    I mean, when you've got a promising career prospect, albeit with a bad team, not wanting to sacrifice that by going to the army doesn't seem too outrageous
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    I watched the video. I did not take from it a feeling that Levin doesn't care about Israel, or being Israeli.

    Rather, what I saw was a kid who doesn't want to give up on his NHL dream. If he returns to Israel before the age of 45, he will have to put in his couple of years of mandatory military service, which would effectively end his chances of getting drafted by an NHL team, or later playing in the NHL. Likewise, if he does make the NHL and makes a ton of money, he would have the ability to move his family to Canada so that he could actually see them in person.

    The simple solution would be for the Israeli government to grant him an elite athletic exemption from military service. He certainly warrants the exemption. Even if he never plays for the Israeli national team (which would be a shame), Israel should give him the exemption - he is a good, hard working, humble kid and having him show pride in being Israeli would be good P.R. for the State of Israel - which desperately could use some, considering the largely unfair portrayal of it by the majority of the world media. It would be a win-win for both Levin and the Israeli government.

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    What I got from it is, he no longer wants to live in Israel and wants to bring his family to Canada. Let's not forget of the younger Levin, who I've been told, might be better the David. Also, his dad runs the Kfar Saba Hockey club and smaller clubs like Zoran, so I don't see him leaving Israel.

    About International level, I see no reason for him to Play for Canada and Israel should be the sure thing. As we've seen in the recent minor international tournament, it didn't go so well.

    Also, there is no reason for him not to get Sportai mistayen, what Marc said, Athletic Exemption. He looks like he's on the road to being drafted in the NHL, what round and if he will play is not important, but I definitely see potential for him to play in the AHL, which is the 2nd beset league in the world. As Marc said, this is good PR for Israel which badly needs it.

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    Absolutely he deserves it, especially with being the first true Israeli player to be developed in the country and make it to junior hockey, with a chance at the NHL.

    Had an interesting thought: Would it be possible for him to return to Israel one last time, and play for either Canada or Israel in the next Maccabi Games (2017)? The tournament will be in July that year, so he will still be 2 months from his 18th birthday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hudes89 View Post
    Absolutely he deserves it, especially with being the first true Israeli player to be developed in the country and make it to junior hockey, with a chance at the NHL.

    Had an interesting thought: Would it be possible for him to return to Israel one last time, and play for either Canada or Israel in the next Maccabi Games (2017)? The tournament will be in July that year, so he will still be 2 months from his 18th birthday.
    There are many, many factors in play. Let's just start with, will there be a Canada Center in 2017? Will the new rink in Holon be built by Summer 2017?

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    Why would there not be a Canada Centre anymore? It's not like they would tear it down once the new rink in Holon is built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hudes89 View Post
    Why would there not be a Canada Centre anymore? It's not like they would tear it down once the new rink in Holon is built.
    Scheduled to close summer 2016, last I heard

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    What????? The Canada Centre is literally the heart of Metulla's social life and its economy. Would make zero sense.

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    I agree with Marc, this makes absolutely no sense. The Canada Centre is the lifeblood of Metula, and the home of both the hockey and figure skating federations. Obviously both programs would move to the new rink in Holon once it is completed to allow for more ice time for kids. But there's no way the Maccabi World Union would be planning for this tournament in 2017, if the Canada Centre was intending to close and without a guarantee of the new rink being ready. Hckeyguy25, where are you hearing this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hudes89 View Post
    I agree with Marc, this makes absolutely no sense. The Canada Centre is the lifeblood of Metula, and the home of both the hockey and figure skating federations. Obviously both programs would move to the new rink in Holon once it is completed to allow for more ice time for kids. But there's no way the Maccabi World Union would be planning for this tournament in 2017, if the Canada Centre was intending to close and without a guarantee of the new rink being ready. Hckeyguy25, where are you hearing this?
    Directly from Canada Center. As of Now, Canada Center is Open through April 2016. After that, could be any day it closes. Why do you think no games have been played in Metula this year? Now, things may change, but last I heard, which was as recent as last week, Canada Center will probably close May 2016.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    What????? The Canada Centre is literally the heart of Metulla's social life and its economy. Would make zero sense.
    Makes sense that costs for running the place are becoming too much. Reason why they tripled prices on most hockey clubs, including the federation

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    This is very shocking and unfortunate if true. Copying this over to the Icerinks in Israel thread, so this one can remain about Levin.

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    This was an organic conversation, so I will leave the posts up, but for this thread moving forward, let's keep it on topic re. Levin and his career.

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    Is he still recovering?

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    Would appear so, he was mentioned as scratched in last night's game story from the Sudbury Star:

    http://www.thesudburystar.com/2015/1...n-for-generals

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    Levin is back in the lineup for Sudbury

    http://www.thesudburystar.com/2016/0...-with-the-pack

    He's played 3 games so far since returning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hudes89 View Post
    Levin is back in the lineup for Sudbury

    http://www.thesudburystar.com/2016/0...-with-the-pack

    He's played 3 games so far since returning.
    No points doesn't sound good

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    Goal and assist tonight, so that's good. But 2 points from 4 games..

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    Levin featured in the New York Times

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/18/sp...smtyp=cur&_r=1

    Most interesting part is near the end where the topic of the exemption comes up:
    Even if Levin were to continue to draw attention from N.H.L. clubs when he is draft-eligible in 2018, he will still have to serve in the Israeli military when he turns 18 in September 2017.

    Levin could avoid serving in the military if he were to gain Canadian citizenship before his 18th birthday, or he could apply for one of the small number of temporary exemptions given to elite athletes. Darren Ferris, Levin’s agent, said they were looking “at all options” to obtain a Canadian passport for Levin.

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    Levin finishes his first season. 9G, 21A in 47 games.

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    An article about Levin in IIHF.com:
    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/n...33472bb9e67b00

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    Again, very vague on his international future

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    Really nothing wrong with his season in OHL, put up decent numbers as a 16 year old. Nothing to sneeze at. There's little doubt he will be drafted into the NHL in 2018. He is already possibly the highest profile Israeli, which is great. Hopefully he continues his progression and joins them internationally in the future. Would be great to see the program develop in Israel.
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    Levin was not named today to Team Canada's U18 World Championship camp roster.

    http://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/Tea...ip/Camp-Roster

    This means his international status will remain in question for another year (until next year's U18s). He is also not on Israel's preliminary entry list for the Div. 2B Worlds which begin this weekend.

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    Yahoo Canada reports that Levin got a draft deferral from the IDF, and he won't get drafted (by the IDF) before the 2018 NHL draft in which he is supposed to be drafted (by an NHL team).

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    Full article on Levin's army deferment:
    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jr...200439512.html

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    Good start to Levin's second season in Sudbury. A goal and an assist, his team comes back from 2:0 down to win 4:3.

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    2016-17 Sudbury Wolves OHL GP: 7 G: 2 A: 3 PTS: 5 PIM: 10 -5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hckeyguy25 View Post
    2016-17 Sudbury Wolves OHL GP: 7 G: 2 A: 3 PTS: 5 PIM: 10 -5
    so far in 13 games - 2 goals, 5 assists.
    Not good enough, I'm afraid.
    The team looks much better than in recent seasons, leads its division.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taldu View Post
    Next up will probably be one of the Canadian teams for the u-17 international challenge in November.
    Sorry to go off on a tangent, but I've noticed that Canada has three squads in this event. Are the teams picked at random or is there a clear hierarchy? For example, will all the highest-rated prospects be selected for Canada Red, for example?

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    Highlights from last season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-0IrxkpijY

    Latest Article: http://www.timescolonist.com/mysubsc...-nhl-1.2914299

    Current Stats: 22GP 4 goals 6 assists 10 points 21 PIM -11

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    Levin's team qualifies to the playoffs (6th in the east) against Oshawa Generals.
    They won 5:2 in Oshawa and took the home court in game 1 (Levin - 1 assist)
    they last game 2, also in Oshawa, 5:1.

    There are no mock drafts out yet, but most of the discussions I see in forums put him at 2nd round at best for the 2018 draft. He's not producing good enough numbers to overcome the disadvantage of his relatively small size.

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