Prospect Ramblings – World Junior Pool – December 28 2017

Pat Quinn



Welcome to another Thursday ramblings. It is Thursday correct? I seem to have completely lost time over the holidays and have no idea what day is what currently. On that note hopefully everyone had a good Christmas (or whatever) holiday. Here is a Christmas song (if you are at work I would not recommend blasting this for all to hear):




I would love love love to have recapped all of the World Junior games, but I am one of those people who has cut cable and uses internet, but could not find a good stream of it on the 26th (by the way thanks TSN for making it seem free then going LOL JK midway through the Russia vs Czech game). Tonight I had hockey at 6pm so I barely watched the game, but I will go with what I saw / know.




Canada won 6-0 over Slovakia and really who did not think Canada would win. Their main challenger is the USA and do not forget Finland, Canada may have won the first game 4-2 but it was a pretty even game and Finland has such a strong group. I still think that when push comes to shove (the playoff rounds) Canada will have a tougher time scoring.


Sam Steel and Jordan Kyrou are starting to take off as Steel finished with a goal (the game winner) and an assist, while Kyrou finished with two assists. They are showing while they are the top two forwards for Canada in this tournament.


{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Another look at Jordan Kyrou victimizing Slovakia <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) <a href="">December 28, 2017</a></blockquote{/source}


Jonah Gadjovich finished with two goals and Cale Makar finished with two assists as the Canadian defense core was pressed into action with Kyle Clague not playing and Jake Bean going down in a heap off of an awkward play. Hopefully he is not out for long but honestly it did not look good, see below:


{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ugly sequence here…Jake Bean gets shaken up going into the boards, Marian Studenic takes Bean’s skate in the face <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) <a href="">December 28, 2017</a></blockquote>{/source}




Switzerland beat Belarus 3-2.


Maksim Sushko (Flyers draft pick) was in on both two points for Belarus, and the Swiss has six players record one point on three goals.




Alright, now for the fun part. A few friends and I do a World Junior pool for the past …. oh approximately six years with a missed year in there somewhere. I think I have won four of the six so far (Thank RNH), and last tournaments was contested as three different sites that has the scores recorded all differently where I won one, lost one and tied the third (or he won the third). We usually record them off of The Score app and use the iihf site for back up. Anyway I let it go and let him win.


The idea is you draft Canadian players and one international one, no goalies. Scoring is G, A, GWG, and Shootout GWG’s, once the team is eliminated from Gold medal contention points do not count, and there are five of us in the pool. I think we should go to two international players as the draft will make more sense (also I can pick more) but