Prospect Ramblings: U18 wrap, AHL move to Belleville, prospect news

Peter Harling


Team Finland has won the Gold Medal at the 2016 U18 World Championships with a convincing 6 -1 win over rival Team Sweden. 2016 draft eligible prospect Jesse Puljujarvi led his country to victory with a three goal performance and helped secure his ranking as a top three draft prospect.

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A Jesse Puljujarvi gold medal-securing hat trick in six seconds. <a href="">#2016NHLDraft</a> <a href="">#U18Worlds</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) <a href="">April 25, 2016</a></blockquote>

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The Bronze Medal game between host USA and Canada was an even bigger blowout with USA winning by a whopping 10-3 final. Several Americans had multi point games including 2016 draft eligible Logan Brown who scored two goals and added an assist. Fellow 2016 draft prospects Joey Anderson and Clayton Keller also contributed three points each as well.

The tournament leading scorer was Canadian Captain Tyson Jost with 15 points in seven games and five of the top ten overall scorers were from USA. Three 2017 draft eligible prospects ranked in the top ten in scoring were Kailer Yamamoto, Lias Andersson, and Casey Mittelstadt and the rest will be drafted in 2016

The Tournament MVP is Clayton Keller who may have played his way into a top ten ranking for the 2016 with his strong performance of four goals and 14 points. The Tournament awarded best player positions as follows. Filip Gustavsson of Sweden was top goalie, Adam Fox of USA is top defenceman and Tyson Jost of Canada is top forward. The All-Star line was also named as follows;

Goalie – Ukku-Pekka Luukkonen (FIN)

Defence – Adam Fox (USA)

Defence – David Quenneville (CAN)

Forward – Tyson Jost (CAN)

Forward – Jesse Puljujarvi (FIN)

Forward – Clayton Keller (USA)

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">VIDEO OF WINNERS: Watch Finland's <a href="">@leijonat</a> beat Sweden in <a href="">#U18Worlds</a> final and celebrate their gold-medal win.<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; IIHF (@IIHFHockey) <a href="">April 25, 2016</a></blockquote>

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The Grand Rapids Griffins have bolstered their roster for a AHL Calder Cup run with breakout prospect