Prospect Ramblings – World Junior Championship Stand Outs

Pat Quinn

2020-01-09

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Welcome back to my Thursday ramblings. I cannot let the World Juniors go by without a final recap on some stand outs I watched. I hope you watched as well since the tournament was fantastic as usual.

 

Just my annual reminder to not over value prospects based on their tournaments alone because it is a short tournament. However, it is great to see restricted European/Russian league prospects get more than 2:11 of ice time per game though, as it shows you what they can be capable of among their peers. Also, notice how it changes rankings for the bigger networks (TSN, Sportsnet, etc.) as I have already seen Askarov drop and Lafreniere be claimed the defacto #1 overall when people were flipping him and Byfield to start December.

 

Before starting check out my #GoodTweet of the week:

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Without further ado let us get in to it!

 

By that I mean the other teams as I am sure everyone watched Canada, not to mention they were the ones talked about the whole time, so I do not need to praise Alexis Lafrenière, Barrett Hayton, Dylan Cozens, or any other Canadian really other than a quick post on three of them:

  • Calen Addison (PIT) – Ran the powerplay with great efficiency; likely the heir to Letang in Pittsburgh IF Marino does not steal it first or Rutherford trades him to make a push
  • Jamie Drysdale (2020) – The top defenseman projected for 2020 did not disappoint
  • Quinton Byfield (2020) – Did not get any ice time, or favorable starts, to really stand out

 

Samuel Fagemo (LA)

Lead the tournament in scoring which was a surprise to me as I really took “Sweden has no good centres” to heart and did not think they would have players with such high production. Silly me as they had the best defense and great wingers. Fagemo was one of the older players in the tournament but he looks to have a future in the NHL. I do not think it can be on the first line but he will still produce.

 

Rasmus Sandin (TOR)

Some “scouts” claimed he did not have a good tournament, those people are wrong. Even in his own end is he fantastic, just not as great as he is in the offense end.

 

Kristian Tanus (Passed over in 2019)

Passed over in 2019 as he is #Small, yet players who are big but have one eighth the skill are drafted countless times. He was a force on Finland’s powerplay, is a great playmaker, but needs more strength as he looked to get pushed off the puck at 5v5 too much.

 

Trevor Zegras (COL)

Nine assists in four games, while averaging about 10 minutes of ice time. Is it any surprise the USA got shut out in the playoffs with the roster decisions the coach decided on?

 

Alexander Khovanov (MIN)

In my opinion Khovanov was the best Russian forward and looked dangerous almost all time he was on the ice. Thanks to Hepatitis A the Minnesota Wild have gotten themselves a very nice top six forward in the third round that Paul Fenton did not trade away for magic beans.

 

Dominik Bokk (CAR)

Bokk again produced for Germany at the World Juniors leading