Andrei Svechnikov, Elias Pettersson and Filip Chytil Highlight Pool B
The Canadian Junior team has had a challenging start to their camp. Wednesday night saw them lose their first match 3-0 to the U Sports All-Stars (plus Carter Hart and Colton Point in net for the opponents). That team is comprised of former major junior players who have continued in the Canadian university circuit and are a mature and well-coached team.
The two teams met again Thursday and it was a similar result, with the teenagers losing 4-3.
Historically, this is the day for the first round of cuts, and the coaching staff didn’t deviate. Cody Glass, Kole Lind, Dennis Cholowski, Samuel Harvey, Logan Stanley and Jonthan Ang were sent home, and the team is down to 26 players on their way to cutting down to 22 in time for puck drop.
The remaining players will play Denmark tomorrow at 2:00pm.
The notable cuts were two high-flying WHL stars and 2017 draft picks, Cody Glass and Kole Lind. Of the seven WHL players in camp, those two sat second and third for points.
While Lind was in a dog fight on the right-side, it appeared as though Glass would be a strong bet to crack the lineup in either his natural centre position or on the wing. Here’s hoping Canada doesn’t send more offensive talent home in exchange for intangibles.
On that note, we’ll jump back into the World Junior Preview Special with Pool B that hosts the always-deep Swedish squad, those pesky Russians, an upstart Czech team as well as Belarus and Switzerland.
I’ll be walking you through the big names expected to produce, some draft-eligible players to watch, as well as a few guys who are likely to see their roles and stocks rise as the tournament rolls on.
I jumped on Sportsnet650 with Satiar Shah and Jawn Jang earlier this week to talk about the upcoming World Junior tournament as well as the 2018 draft class. To listen to that segment, click here. (I come in around the 30 minute mark.
For more information about Pool A (Canada, USA, Finland, Denmark and Slovakia) check out Part One here.
The Czech Republic
The Czechs had a path open up for them at the 2017 tournament. With Finland falling way down the standings early and in a group that featured Sweden as the only powerhouse, the Czechs could have found a way to land in the two-hole during preliminary play and face the third-place team over in Group B. Instead the upstart Danes took that opportunity and the Czech’s were left to face Canada in the Quarter Finals.
The result was a sixth-place finish overall.
This version of the team will