Prospect Rambling: Ice time leaders after Day One?

Joel Henderson



Ice time.  

By the end of the tournament, the talks are often about who moved up or down in the lineup. A prospect can solidify their hype in fantasy leagues by proving they can be a relied on offensive talent on the big stage. If you begin as a fourth-line forward but eventually find yourself on the top line, that is significant. So, after Day One, lets take a look at some of the most significant forwards for some of the squads.  



Top 3 Forwards 

Martin Necas – 22:02 

Marek Zachar – 19:56 

Filip Zadina – 18:25 


Top Defenseman 

Filip Kral – 21:48 


Martin Necas leading the way for the Czechs is not very surprising. He looked terrific in the debute and it's easy to tell that they hope to run their PP through him on the left half wall. Filip Zadina should be a name you recognize by now as he is thought to be a Top-5 talent in the 2018 draft and his minutes should be quite steady in this tournament. Maybe a name you don't know is undersized forward Marek Zachar who has 30 points in 30 games in the QMJHL. He will be an important 19-year-old for the Czech team. Filip Kral's playing certainly increased as the game went on and he could increase his 2018 draft stock greatly.  



Top 3 Forwards 

Vitali Abramov – 17:02 

German Rubtsov – 16:29 

Georgi Ivanov – 15:47 


Top Defenseman 

Nikita Makeyev – 20:59 


So, Russia seems to be giving a more balanced attack for ice time. It's pretty common for coaching staff to rely on their top talent but Russia doesn't seem to care about conventional methods. In fact, the forward with the least amount of time is 2018 highly watched prospect Andrei Svechnikov at 11:13. The 19-year-olds might be getting all the big minutes.  


Russia ran with 8 dmen. WHAT? 



Top 3 Forwards 

Alex Nylander – 20:14 

Elias Petterson – 18:18 

Lias Andersson – 17:41 


Top Defenseman 

Rasmus Dahlin – 20:50 


You shouldn't expect this to change at all. These 4 players will be relied on heavily for Sweden. The second most prominent D was Erik Brannstrom followed shortly behind by Timothy Liljegren as both were over FOUR minutes less than Dahlin. As the tournament goes on, this could change but Sweden doesn't seem shy in trusting the elite 2018 draft eligible with top ice time. It's scary how good he is.  



Top 3 Forwards 

Ilya Litvinov – 21:49 

Maxim Sushko – 19:39 

Viktor Bovbel – 19:08 


Top Defenseman 

Vladislav Yeryomenko – 24:48 


If you do want to focus on a few specific players, these would be the ones to do it. The most highly touted might be Maxim Sushko, who is a 4th round selection by the Philadelphia Flyers. Lately, Philly has been knocking their drafts out of the park. He's around a PPG for Owen Sound Attack, making him one of the only players who are currently playing in North America. Another is Yeryomenko, who is having a terrific draft eligible season for the Calgary Hitmen. You'll see a lot of him.  



Top 3 Forwards 

Dillon Dube – 17:46 

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