World Juniors: Sleepers

Tony Ferrari


Graphic courtesy of Andrew Armstrong



Throughout this week, the DobberProspects’ team is going to be bringing you a full World Junior Championship preview! From team breakdowns to hot takes and picks and predictions to cap off the week on opening day and Christmas! Be sure to check back all week for more World Juniors preview and coverage! 


Monday, December 21: Team Breakdowns: Group A/Group B
Tuesday: World Juniors Players to Watch
Wednesday: World Juniors Sleepers
Thursday: World Juniors Hot Takes
Friday: World Juniors Picks and Predictions

Dobber’s DraftCast World Juniors Preview with Cam Robinson and Danny Tiffany
DPR Episode 96: WJC USA Preview with Chris Peters
DPR Episode 97: WJC Preview Team Canada with Craig Button
DPR Episode 98: WJC Sweden Preview with Jimmy Hamrin
DPR Episode 99: WJC Preview Finland with Marco Bombino


Every year the World Juniors has a couple of surprise stars. Players that are in their 18 or 19-year-old season who was drafted in the mid-late rounds of the NHL Draft playing big roles for their teams. This year will be no different. While we can’t assure you that these guys will pop off and be the surprise stars of the tournament, they are players we’ve identified as key cogs in their lineup that may not get the accolades or love that they deserve. Can Arseni Gritsyuk provide the depth scoring that Russia will need? Just how good has Juuso Pärssinen been this year? Can JJ Peterka emerge from the shadow of Tim Stützle and outdo him at this event for a second straight year? Will Oskar Olausson be able to make up for some of the offense Sweden lost to COVID?


C Juuso Pärssinen – Finland – Nashville Predators

Finnish Scout Eetu Siltanen


I feel like a lot of people don’t really recognize how good Pärssinen really has been this season. He already played pretty well