Prospect Ramblings – World Junior Roster Releases! December 7 2017

Pat Quinn



Welcome welcome to this week’s Pat Quinn style ramblings. They come at you like a (at the time legal…somehow) shoulder to the head.




Well I get the pleasure of having some World Junior rosters released for content today. Exciting. I’ll go over some teams here (Pete went over USA and Finland the other day, but I’ll just note a few things quickly).




Canada roster:


My analysis:

  • Canada is deep, as usual. People are upset about players being left off but really it is also hard to argue any selection does not deserve it, plus about 10 will be sent home before the tournament starts. However I do agree no Owen Tippett and Adam Mascherin is a head scratcher.


  • I am excited to watch Michael McLeod get actual ice time this year, his speed and creativity will be on full display.


  • Nick Suzuki and Cody Glass are going to be so entertaining it may make the Las Vegas twitter account bearable for a bit.


  • My guess for leader on Canada in points Jordan Kyrou (If anyone from my World Junior pool is reading this, don’t pick him. I will go over the team, drafting and set up after/if we draft)


  • I don’t know what to make of the defense, and by that I mean they have an abundance of offense-first defensemen and will they carry more than three (Jake Bean, Kale Clague, and Cale Makar)





Team USA roster:


Nothing more I can really add here as Peter covered it too well. I will say I am excited to watch Adam Fox take over games for the US, and honestly they have a really deep and underrated team.




Team Sweden roster:


My analysis:


  • Elias Pettersson was injured the other day in the SEL, but expect him to be ready to lead Sweden in the tournament as I believe it was just a day-to-day issue.


  • As the Capitals writer here I must point out that Axel Jonsson-Fjallby made the team once again. The fifth round selection in 2016 should have a strong tournament and projects to be a middle-six forward who can score but may be stuck in a defense-first role as he is a great two-way forward.