If coach Tim Hunter has his way, his young charges will once again rocket their way atop the podium on home soil. The chances have been in their favor. Despite the absence of experienced veterans, Team Canada is regarded as early choice to repeat as gold medalists at the 20-19 IIHF World Junior Championship in British Columbia.
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Sweden, Finland, Russia and Czech Republic have medal-worthy rosters able to roll up at the World Juniors.
Together with Ottawa Senators potential A-Lex Formenton out injured, Anaheim’s Max Comtois remains the only returning player from last year’s winning squad. However, there is likewise an excess of ability whatsoever places, including 16 first-round draft collections. In advance, centers Cody Glass along with Nick Suzuki lead a lot of gifted wingers, including the match’s next great thing at 20 20 draft prospect Alexis Lafreniere.
Edmonton’s Evan Bouchard is simply one of the upandcoming defensive stars from a blue-line corps that is particularly deep on the right side. In net, the one-two punch of Mike DiPietro and Ian Scott provides Hunter with healthy insurance should among those 2 falter.
Following is a roundup of who to see on Team Canada, as they struggle to fend off all challengers in repeating as champs.
Preliminary around game to watch: vs. Russia, Dec. 3 1, 8 p.m. ET
Offering Vegas the true luxury of dealing Nick Suzuki to Montreal (see below), this future star centre will serve the Golden Knights at a prolific capacity for a long time in the future. Drafted sixth overall in 2017, Glass would be your comprehensive package. He is big, they can proceed, he controls the puck exquisitely well. Admired for his transition games, his on-ice IQ is through the ceiling. Oh, and they will score too, averaging 2.1 points a match in Portland in 2013. Together with Owen Tippett on his wing, Canada’s top center will create frequently, beginning Wednesday.