WJHC Preview: Team Canada Searching for Gold on European Soil

Cam Robinson

2019-12-24

 

 

Canada enters the 2020 rendition of the World Junior Hockey Championships after a disappointing sixth-place finish on home soil. The team must now attempt to win their first Gold medal on European soil since 2008. They do so by bringing five returning players and the consensus top two selections in the ultra-exciting 2020 crop. However, their poor finish a year ago has led to them landing in the “Pool of Death” along with Russia, the USA, Czech Republic and Germany. It will a slugfest. 



Do they have the horses to take the podium in Ostrava and Třinec?

 

Forwards

Upfront, the team can hang with the best of the best at this event. But just as they do every year, Canada finds a way to micro-manage their roster. The left very real offensive talent behind in Colorado first-rounder, Alex Newhook and 2020-eligible, Cole Perfetti. Both players will feature prominently on the 2021 team but will be left watching the games just as we are this year. 

 

The top line

Long considered the top prospect for the upcoming draft, Alexis Lafreniere returns as a second-year member of the team and will skate on the left side of Joe Veleno and