Happy New Year y’all! I hope everyone had a nice and safe holiday and enjoyed those World Juniors. Many stars are back with their respective teams and the trade deadline is right around the corner so let’s jump right in.
Canada took home another gold at this year’s under-20 tournament, but not without some excitement. The top OHL player, in terms of points at the World Juniors was Connor McMichael; he registered five goals and seven points in seven games, with one goal and one assist in the gold medal game against Russia. He continues to look like a late first-round steal for the Capitals.
In unfortunate news, Jan Jenik suffered a knee injury during the tournament that needed surgery and will keep him out for the rest of the season. He was having a career season with Hamilton, posting career highs in every offensive category and had registered a point in every game he played except for one. Keep an eye on his recovery, but he should be ready to go at the start of next season.
Speaking of Czech players on Hamilton, Jan Mysak, the team’s first-round import pick has hopped the Atlantic and will play with the Bulldogs. He played well during the world juniors, scoring two points in five games. It would have been fun to see him play with Jenik and Kaliyev, but he should still see plenty of opportunities in Hamilton in hopes of boosting his draft stock before the annual summer festivities.