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World Juniors 2022 Team Canada Preview

Posted by [email protected] on November 30, 2021 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (95)

The time of year that comes to an end year can be full of fun, for a variety of reasons. The most obvious reason can be seen in the annual IIHF World Junior Championships. Then there are some holidays to celebrate I'm guessing.


In the end, we're only a few days from the World Juniors 2022 Live Stream, and Team Canada will be seeking redemption following a disappointing finish for what was the most talented junior team that the country has ever had. With 21 first-rounders making the roster and an overall total of 26 first-round selections during training camp, Canada was unable to win the gold medal game against USA. United States, who were led by Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras with 18 points across seven games.

With the majority of the talent in Canada last year was comprised of players born in 2001, such as

Dylan Cozens (Buffalo Sabres), Quinton Byfield (Los Angeles Kings) as well as Connor McMichael (Washington Capitals) The roster of the Capitals will be completely overhauled in 2021-22. However they are expected to have a highly skilled group of players of their very own.

Forwards: Canada's Offense Sees a Complete Overhaul (Almost)

At the moment, Byfield (Newmarket, ON.) is among the two return forwards who could be a possibility for the Canadians And even it's not certain to make it to Canada because of a variety of reasons. The primary factor is his ankle injury he was injured in the early months of October. The health of the player at tournament time will be an important element. However, even if he's healthy but it's unclear if the Kings will lend him out to the tournament given that he's not expected to be added to their roster after the conclusion of their training camp.

Cole Perfetti (Whitby, ON.) is the other forward returning. Another forward who is returning Winnipeg Jets' first-round pick in 2020 scored seven games with six points this year, and is likely to attempt to assume the role of a leader for the Canadians this season. Carolina Hurricanes forward Seth Jarvis could also be eligible to return with Team Canada, but seeing what he's accomplished for the Canes this season I'm not sure they'll give him a loan.

In addition to the back-to-back forwards Canada additionally has few 2020 draftees who are hoping to be a part of the team this year after not making selection last time. Mavrik Bourque (Shawinigan, QC.) and Hendrix Lapierre (Aylmer, QC. ) These are two late first-round picks for 2020 that could bring speed and agility up front. Fellow 2020 first-rounders Ridly Greig (Lethbridge, AB.) as well as Jake Neighbours (Airdrie, AB.) can provide some grit as well as two-way play for the line-up. Ozzy Wiesblatt (Calgary, AB.) is another name that wasn't present at the Summer Showcase but will definitely be considered in the coming training camp. Tyson Foerster (Alliston, ON.) could be in the discussion too, but is out indefinitely following a an operation that was successful on his shoulder.

Although there are plenty of promising prospects from this class of 2020 some of the 2021 draft prospects could see themselves playing prominent roles in the coming year. The third overall selection in 2021 is Mason McTavish (Carp, ON. ) as well as fifth overall selection Kent Johnson (Port Moody, BC.) is the leader as do the ninth overall pick Dylan Guenther (Edmonton, AB.) just in the back. Cole Sillinger (Regina, SK) is another name to be looked at, but just similar to Jarvis the latter, he's played a major role in his team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, so it's highly unlikely that they'll let him go.

One name that is exciting and could be a part of the team this year is the 2022 draft the phenom Shane Wright (Burlington, ON.). Canada usually reserves roster spots for players who are older in the event that your name is Connor McDavid. However, in Wright's situation it's likely that he's an assured selection. He was considered to be on the outside last year, but won't leave Canada with a decision this season.

Canada offers a variety of options for filling the two forward positions. One player I might have missed considering a move six months ago was Luke Evangelista (Oakville, ON. ) He's had an incredible season as head coach of the London Knights with 18 goals and 30 points over 17 games. It shouldn't surprise me to witness an Nashville Predators' second-round pick make it onto the roster.

Although there's likely to be plenty of contestants for the final spot , and it's likely to be decided by who has the most effective training camp The final places being vacated for Philadelphia Flyers fourth-round pick Zayde Wisdom (Toronto, ON.) and Zachary L'Heureux (Mercier, QC.). As the COVID-19 epidemic wiped off the entire 2020-21 OHL season Wisdom was in the lineup for 28 matches of his team, the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Lehigh Valley Phantoms scoring 18 points. The player underwent shoulder surgery in the winter, but is improving ahead of the schedule. And, L'Heureux is a part of those players that you would not would want to play against in any circumstance. He's tough, tough, and has a good scoring ability as well.

If the final spots do not be awarded towards Wisdom and L'Heureux, alternatives to consider include Logan Stankoven (Kamloops, BC.) And Brennan Othmann (Pickering, ON.). Zach Dean (Mount Pearl, NL. ), and Wyatt Johnston (Toronto, ON.) are the other two names that are likely to draw attention at training camps, but like I mentioned before that the last spot will be awarded to the person who has the greatest impact at the time the cut-offs are made.

Defense: Canada's Back End Will Be Mobile, Skilled, and Physical

Similar to Canadian forwards too, Canada's defense team will be nearly new this season. The only possible returning defenseman is Montreal Canadiens first-round pick Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park, AB.). Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jamie Drysdale is also eligible to play in the Canadians this season, but as with Jarvis Sillinger the latter has been a major element to his NHL team's performance this year so he's probably not going to be let go.

Though he was not able to attend the summer show 2021's first-round pick Owen Power (Mississauga, ON.) could be a huge boost for the backend of the. The defenseman, who weighs 214 pounds and is 6-foot-5, is part of an incredibly packed University of Michigan team where Power has scored 21 points in 15 games thus far. It's not often the case that he is among the top players from the year to take on the World Juniors, but since Power is within the NCAA instead of the NHL I think there's no reason why not to join the team for the World Juniors tournament.

Brandt Clarke (Nepean, ON.) is close to being a sure thing to be a part of the team, too. He is almost certain to make the team. Kings first-round selection spent the last two seasons the game in Slovakia and has stepped into the home team this season, scoring 18 points in just 15 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts. Other players that could be able to make it into Canada's backend include 2021's first-round selections Carson Lambos (Winnipeg, MB.) along with Corson Ceulemans (Beaumont, AB. ).

From there, I'm thinking Vincent Iorio (Coquitlam, BC. ), Miguel Tourigny (Victoriaville, QC. ), and Ryan O'Rourke (Bowmanville, ON.) will complete the final positions. In between these three spots I'd likely give the final spot in the defensive side O'Rourke because of his tough stay-at-home style of play and his powerful shot slap.

Other players who may be eligible for an invitation to the team if they have a solid training program includes Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan, AB. ), Donovan Sebrango (Kingston, ON. ), and Lukas Cormier (Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, NB.). As with the forwards, it's going to depend on who can outdo the rest once you go beyond the Powers and Clarkes.

Goaltending: Canada Has Three Safe Options

Three of Canada's goalies aren't returning to their team for this tournament. Since Devon Levi and Taylor Gauthier having outgrown the tournament, Dylan Garand (Victoria, BC.) is the sole goalie who will be returning. With an overall record of 13-2-0 in the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Kamloops Blazers and an SV% of save (SV percent) that is .933 and a goals against average (GAA) that is 1.74 It's likely that he's the most likely to be their goalie of choice this season.

Another goalie who could compete with Garand in the starting lineup will be Sebastian Cossa (Fort McMurray, AB.). At 6 feet 7 inches in the crease, he's a formidable physique and also in the in the crease. He's also enjoying an excellent season with Edmonton Oil Kings. Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL with a.928 SVR% and a 2.19 GAA to compliment a record of 12-3-3.

Following Garand and Cossa I'm thinking the final goalie slot will be given for London Knights netminder Brett Brochu (Belle River, ON.). Brochu was considered to be a part of Team Canada last year before Devon Levi shocked and made the team cut from camp. It seems like this year may be his best opportunity to be on the roster.

For other names worth keeping an eye on, Garin Bjorklund (Grand Prairie, AB.) along with Tristan Lennox (Cambridge, ON.) Both were at the summer showcase however neither have been able to perform at the similar level as the previous three goalies I mentioned. Like it is with goalies in the World Juniors, the team is likely to be riding the fastest hand.

Roster Projection

The preliminary cuts usually occur around at the close of November or the beginning of December. So, before the first round is made public in the coming days by Hockey Canada, here's my best suggestion of what we can anticipate from Canada's roster this year.

THW Projected Team Canada Roster

Goalies: Dylan Garand, Sebastian Cossa, Brett Brochu

Defensemen: Kaiden Guhle, Owen Power, Brandt Clarke, Carson Lambos, Corson Ceulemans, Ryan O'Rourke, Miguel Tourigny, Vincent Iorio

Forwards: Quinton Byfield, Cole Perfetti, Mavrik Bourque, Hendrix Lapierre, Ridly Greig, Jake Neighbours, Zachary L'Heureux, Ozzy Wiesblatt, Mason McTavish, Kent Johnson, Dylan Guenther, Shane Wright, Luke Evangelista, Zayde Wisdom

Roster Questions Include Health and Willingness to Loan

The appeal of the current World Juniors is that while the COVID-19 epidemic is in the process of being eradicated, the situation is more clear. The pandemic last year affected the choices of players such as Power who had to be quarantined the team for 2 weeks Canada. In this year's edition, the only concerns are with players such as Wisdom and Byfield who's health is an open question.

It's not likely that the players who have reached the nine-game mark in the respective NHL teams, like Drysdale, Jarvis, and Sillinger will be given a loan for the event. If you take a look at Byfield's health issues, it is a concern for Byfield. The Kings have had a great season and could benefit from his assistance during the course of the season. However, this is dependent on his overall health and the state of his body when he gets there.

With the start of the tournament with the opening ceremonies in Edmonton as well as Red Deer, Alberta, on December. 26th, the race for spots on the roster of Team Canada remains wide open. What do you think will be the first be the first to make the roster this year? Let me know via the comments below.

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Potential 2022 US World Juniors Team: In Case We Still Have A Country

Posted by [email protected] on April 5, 2021 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

It has been a hectic week, to say the very least, for Americans to the worldwide hockey . On Tuesday evening, the country maintained its' fifth gold medal in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships using a thrilling, controlling 2-0 victory over Canada. About 12 hours later, a set of insurrectionists broke to the United States Capitol at a coup attempt which ended up a 200+-year streak of peaceful transition of power. Therefore a bit of a mixed bag all the way around. Luckily, IIHF president Rene Fasel affirmed the federation's commitment to carrying championships in the USA and Belarus after this calendar year, so working democracy is clearly not a deal-breaker.



 

The US will go back to Edmonton in an effort to defend their gold medal with players produced from the year 2002 as well as younger. Six players in the golden medal winners can go back, leaving a lot of roster spots to the United States to fulfill.


The other elephant in the room, which isn't the guy wearing elephant horns parading throughout the Senate chamber, for next season's roster is your continuing coronavirus pandemic. As much as the virus wreaked havoc on this season's roster, breaking up a small number of players that their shot at a gold trophy, I believe we may potentially see even more of a result next year. When the virus closed down USA Hockey's summer camp this past year, I wrote that the US was at a great place due to their roster was mainly picked. They had a ton of returning players, and'd seen enough from everyone else that a large part of the other areas could easily be stuffed.


Next year will be harder. There are just six returnees, and most everyone else just has not played much baseball over the last year to start basing opinions on. The US will get their summer camps in, but I still think that's a poor replacement for being in the rink and seeing somebody play meaningful games. This will be a really tough group to build.


This is my best guess on which a US World Junior Team could look like next year


Forwards


There's obviously lots of scoring to substitute with the gifted'01 course aging out. They go back three men that played crucial roles on the gold medal-winning group, though not necessarily scoring roles. Thomas Bordeleau would have been around the group, but couldn't play because of Covid restrictions, and possibly by next year we'll have this figured out.


There is an outside shot of Beniers being early enough--especially after he played this tournament-- which he is signed promptly and playing at the NHL next year, hence not qualified. I'd put the chances at that as fairly low, nevertheless.


I'm pretty comfortable with the initial eight names on my Best Guess listing. There's likely to be some'03s that make it as well, with Lucius and Pastujov the early front-runners. With the shortage of high-end scoring in the'02 age group, the US may need them to be big offensive contributors. Additionally, I haven't seen them play yet, however there may be an opportunity for a person'04 off the NTDP group --which appears to be a pretty powerful group--to earn their way on the team.


The lowest few roster spots are more difficult to select because few kids in the eligible age range play college hockey at this point. I moved with McKown, that didn't produce much with all the NTDP U18s, however, has looked pretty great at Colorado College up to now. But there is potential for somebody at the USHL right today to have a solid finish to this season and great start to their school career following fall which makes a stronger case.


Defensemen


I really enjoy this group a great deal. Sanderson and Faber were awesome in this tournament. Kleven got the experience of moving, even if he was used sparingly, and I have liked everything I've seen out of him so much this year. There's a question if Sanderson will be available for the next year's tournament, or when he'll be in the NHL. I would guess it's perhaps 50/50 right now. Sanderson certainly seems capable of handling it.


As for the novices, Wyatt Kaiser has played into being a lock in his first 11 games in Minnesota Duluth. Luke Hughes could be the best defenseman on the team.


This year's team showed that it is likely to have success in this tournament heading a little smaller over the grim line. Hreschuk is a great player and an'03 that could come back for the next tournament. There's not a ton of depth past the group I picked at this point, however who knows where a number of the other'03s will end up over the coming months.


Goalies


Best Motherboards: Drew Commesso, Gibson Homer, Louden Hogg


It'll be Drew Commesso's web for next year's tournament. It's a downgrade from using Spencer Knight, however Commesso is good enough to be effective at having the US to wherever they wish to go.


Total


I am less enthused overall about the next year's staff than I was with this season's team. But in what could might consider a down year for the United States, they're going to compile a team that is more than capable of winning a medal and maybe taking the gold.


It's a tournament in which you really just should win 2.5 games, and this team feels capable of doing this. I've got some worries about the scoring on this team, however, the defense with this team ought to be really, really good, and that's a wonderful place to begin from in the event you're looking to sneak a few drops.


Whether they can pull it off is another question. From the four tournament's directly after the US has won a gold medal, they have won two bronzes and failed to medal from the other two. Going back-to-back is another barrier for them .


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