Prospect Ramblings: Notable Prospects Missing from the World Juniors (Dec 24)

Jokke Nevalainen



Most of world’s best under-20 players will be in Czech Republic for the next couple of weeks to battle for medals at the World Junior Championship. There are a few players who would be eligible for the tournament but they are already full-time NHL players. But additionally, there are also some prospects who will miss the tournament because of an injury or because their team has tremendous depth. Here’s a look at players who were either close to making the final roster or at least should have been in consideration for that.




Kirby Dach (CHI) was not released by the Blackhawks even though he hasn’t really played a huge role for them. But the following forwards did not crack the roster just because Canada decided they had better options available: Alex Newhook (COL), Cole Perfetti (2020), Dylan Holloway (2020), Connor Zary (2020), Peyton Krebs (VGK), Philip Tomasino (NSH), Jakob Pelletier (CGY), Brayden Tracey (ANA), Samuel Poulin (PIT), Ryan Suzuki (CAR), Jamieson Rees (CAR), Benoit-Olivier Groulx (ANA), and Serron Noel (FLA).


On defense, Noah Dobson (NYI) wasn’t released by the Islanders even though he isn’t playing a huge role either. But Canada also left Ryan Merkley (SJS), Thomas Harley (DAL), Jeremie Poirier (2020), Jett Woo (VAN), Kaedan Korczak (VGK) and Jonny Tychonick (OTT) off the team.


It’s safe to say that Canada’s second team would be in medal contention. You can put together a great team from those players. For example:






USA has one of the best teams in the tournament but they didn’t actually have a lot of great players who were left off the team. Matthew Boldy (MIN), Robert Mastrosimone (DET) and Trevor Janicke (ANA) are the most notable forwards they left off, so that’s not a lot.


On defense, there were some bigger names that were left off the team.