On this episode of the DraftCast, Tony is joined by Ste …
Guests on this podcast: Steven Ellis @StevenEllisTHN
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On this episode of the DraftCast, Tony is joined by Steven Ellis from The Hockey News to preview Group A at the World U18’s in Texas! After some general thoughts on the tournament, the pair discuss the top players and expectations for all five teams in the group.
Defender Dmitri Kuzmin and goalie Ivan Zhigalov highlight the Belarusian roster who could be looking to make some noise in the weaker of the two groups. Latvia is a feisty team but with no real prominent NHL Draft prospects on their roster, they might have an uphill battle. Switzerland always seems to push teams at international tournaments and with some exciting players on their roster such as blueliner Dario Sidler and forward Lorenzo Canonica, they could be poised to finish just behind the big-two.
Sweden is bringing a strong roster to the event, headlined by draft prospects Fabian Lysell, Simon Robertsson, Simon Edvinsson, and Anton Ollson. They could be the one team that could push the Canadian club. Speaking of that Canadian team, there is always intrigue on the roster but Connor Bedard (2023 NHL Draft) and Shane Wright (2022 NHL Draft) will be the ones who everyone has their eyes on. The young studs are featured on a strong roster that includes the likes of forwards Mason McTavish, Francesco Pinelli, Dylan Guenther, and Brett Harrison. The defense is strong as well with names like Brandt Clarke and Corson Ceulemans providing the pop on the back end.
Enjoy this episode with Steven Ellis and be sure to come back on Wednesday to listen in as Tony is joined by Chris Peters to preview Group B!
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