A team-wise guide to the 2020 U20 Championship

The IIHF World Junior Championships, colloquially known as World Juniors, is the most important annual event for ice hockey players, which gives us the feeling of an intense playoff in the middle of the NHL season. For many, this is what hockey fans are most likely to do with March Madness, with the exception that children who are locked out of the glory of the NHL play in this tournament.

The rosters for the juniors of the 2020 World Cup are full of the NHL stars of tomorrow. Last year's tournament was led by Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko from Finland, who are now playing for the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, respectively. This year, Canadians Alexis Lafreniere and Quinton Byfield are expected to finish 1-2 with the 2020 NHL draft.

United States." data-reactid="14">But who will shine? Which team is playing against Cinderella and who will falter? Which countries will eventually reach the podium? The storylines make this event a must-watch event in Canada and the United States.

Here you get everything you need to know about the participating nations and what to look out for from a single source.

Last January, the Americans had the goal of winning their second gold medal within three years – to strengthen their position as the dominant young power in North America and to create the conditions for another run in a gold medal in 2020.

world juniors eligibility. In comparison, only seven of their 23 players a year ago had another year before the age cutoff, and in 2018 that number was six." data-reactid="38">What is the only difference about this year's team? It is young, but understandably. Born in 2001 was long considered the most talented group in the country's history, and the NHL team confirmed this by taking nine players out of the U.S. national team development program in the first round of the 2019 draft. Ten players from the current squad were born in 2001, making it their largest group ever with another year of World Youth Rights. In comparison, only seven of their 23 players had another year before the age limit a year ago, and in 2018 it was six.

<p type = "text" content = "This group has two main strengths – goalkeeper and goalkeeper. Between the pipes, Florida Panthers is likely to be the first wire-to-wire starter Spencer Knightwho was almost unbeatable for Boston College and had great international success. Behind him are two capable Netminders Isaiah Saville (VGK) and Dustin Wolf; Everyone with experience on the international stage. "data-reactid =" 39 "> This group has two main strengths – goalkeeper and scoring. Between the tubes, Florida Panthers is likely to be the first wire-to-wire starter Spencer Knightwho was almost unbeatable for Boston College and had great international success. Behind him are two capable Netminders Isaiah Saville (VGK) and Dustin Wolf; Everyone with experience on the international stage.

<p type = "text" content = "The crime is carried out in advance by the centers Trevor Zegras (ANA) and Alex Turcotte (LAK) – Two tips from the first round of last year and both on the younger side of the Americans. Expect each anchor to have its own scoring line, with a combination of snipers like Arthur Kaliyev (LAK). Cole Caufield (MTL). Oliver Wahlstrom (NYI) and Bobby Brink (PHI) flanked them. As for the sleeper, tiny puck magician Nick Robertson terrorized the OHL and almost brought the Americans to Hlinka Gold in 2018. "data-reactid =" 41 "> The crime will be punished in advance by the centers Trevor Zegras (ANA) and Alex Turcotte (LAK) – Two tips from the first round of last year and both on the younger side of the Americans. Expect each anchor to have its own scoring line, with a combination of snipers like Arthur Kaliyev (LAK). Cole Caufield (MTL). Oliver Wahlstrom (NYI) and Bobby Brink (PHI) flanked them. As for the sleeper, tiny puck magician Nick Robertson terrorized the OHL and almost brought the Americans to Hlinka Gold in 2018.

<p type = "text" content = "Defense offers the standard mix of fast playmakers like Cam York (PHI) and Zac Jones (NYR) and Mattias Samuelsson (BUF)physical two-way type, The main member of Team USA's blue line is the New York Rangers K’Andre Miller"data-reactid =" 42 "> Defense offers the standard mix of fast playmakers like Cam York (PHI) and Zac Jones (NYR) and Mattias Samuelsson (BUF)physical two-way type, The main member of Team USA's blue line is the New York Rangers K’Andre Millerwho should stop the team and compete against the top lines.

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Russia

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "If it were possible to determine a favorite to emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art…7805 & lang = DE In the highly competitive Group B, Russia should have a small advantage and not only the best goalkeeper tandem of the tournament in the Yaroslav Askarov and Fellow 2020 draft eligible Amir Miftakhov, but their planned top 2-point lines consist of first-class NHL players who challenged their defenses in group U in several U20 tournaments ahead of the juniors, then Russia should have a small advantage and not just the best goalkeeper tandem of the tournament in the year 2006 Yaroslav Askarov and Fellow 2020 draft eligible Amir Miftakhov, but their projected top two scoring lines consist of top-notch NHL prospects that showed opposing defenses in several U20 tournaments ahead of the world's juniors.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text MB (1.0em) MB (0) – SM MB (0.8em) – SM" type = "text" content = "Two dual threats wingers in one line Grigori Denisenko (FLA) and Pavel Dorofeyev (VGK) with both bidirectional center Ivan Morozovfull-bodied Dmitri Voronkov (CBJ) or raised display Alexander Khovanov (MIN) between them. The next unit will likely offer a combination of an impressive scorer Yegor Sokolov, Two-way speedster Kirill Marchenko (CBJ) and abrasive wingers Vasily Podkolzin (VAN), These players seem to complement each other, and holding onto the defense zone cover makes it difficult for enemy attacks to gain momentum. "Data-reactid =" 70 "> You can use two wingers with a double threat on one line Grigori Denisenko (FLA) and Pavel Dorofeyev (VGK) with both bidirectional center Ivan Morozovfull-bodied Dmitri Voronkov (CBJ) or raised display Alexander Khovanov (MIN) between them. The next unit will likely offer a combination of an impressive scorer Yegor Sokolov, Two-way speedster Kirill Marchenko (CBJ) and abrasive wingers Vasily Podkolzin (VAN), These players seem to complement each other, and since they cling to the defense zone cover, enemy attacks are difficult to gain momentum.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The defense is mobile and plays physically, so outside of Alexander Romanov (MTL)Don't expect a lot of fun and end-to-end rush from them. Two of their more complete Blueliner are Yegor Zamula (PHI)who plays for the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL, and Daniil Misyulwho is one of the best individual defenders of the tournament. The Russians have not won a gold medal since 2011, but this is the best group they have sent since then. "Data-reactid =" 71 "> The defense is mobile and plays physically, ie outside of Alexander Romanov (MTL)Don't expect a lot of fun and end-to-end rush from them. Two of their more complete Blueliner are Yegor Zamula (PHI)who plays for the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL, and Daniil Misyulwho is one of the best individual defenders of the tournament. The Russians have not won a gold medal since 2011, but this is the best group they have sent since then.

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Canada

If Canada is fed up with criticism of not winning as many medals as previous generations of junior players, it should at least find consolation in the fact that other competing nations have worked extremely hard over the past decade to build teams that are special designed to reflect the aggressive style of Canadians.

<p class = "Canvas-Atom Canvas-Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "This year's edition seems to be bigger and smarter while it decided to fill the blue line with faster playmakers like Ty Smith. Calen Addison (PIT) and Jamie Drysdale (Draft 2020) Who can work together to solve last year's Powerplay problems? "data-reactid =" 94 "> This year's edition appears to be larger and more skilful as it has chosen to fill the blue line with faster playmakers like Ty Smith. Calen Addison (PIT) and Jamie Drysdale (Draft 2020) who can work together to solve last year's problems with the power game

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text MB (1.0em) MB (0) – SM MB (0.8em) – SM" type = "text" content = "The front ranks are loaded with centers that are used to biggest prize for the Canadians was the landing of the Arizona Coyotes phenomenon Barrett Hayton"data-reactid =" 95 "> The strikers are full of centers that are used to switching from previous international tournaments to the wing. The biggest prize for the Canadians landed the Arizona Coyotes phenomenon Barrett Hayton, the fifth election in 2018 that can bring NHL experience to the lineup.

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "It can center a variety of elite multi-threats forward , who can play in the middle or on the flank, namely speedster Joe Veleno (DET). Akil Thomas (LAK) and Dylan Cozens (BUF), One of the biggest surprises for Canadians this year is the inclusion of four top-class candidates who are 18 or younger – wingers Alexis Lafrenierecenters Quinton Byfield and Dawson Mercer and defenders Jamie Drysdale, It is expected that everyone in this year's draft will aim high. "Data-reactid =" 97 "> He can center a variety of elite strikers with multiple threats in the middle or on the flank, namely the runabout Joe Veleno (DET). Akil Thomas (LAK) and Dylan Cozens (BUF), One of the biggest surprises for Canadians this year is the inclusion of four top-class candidates who are 18 or younger – wingers Alexis Lafrenierecenters Quinton Byfield and Dawson Mercer and defenders Jamie Drysdale, It is expected that everyone will aim high in this year's draft.

<p class = "Canvas-Atom Canvas-Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Team Canada does not have a bonafide stopper with the lineage of one on the net Knights or Askarovs, but that has also been the case for most of his run of five gold medals in a row in the past decade. Joel Hofer (STL) WHL's Portland Winterhawks seems to be the number 1 favorite, and he has a lot of experience with a high number of strokes per game – but in the Canadian major junior and with no international experience. Expect to support him Olivier Rodrigue (EDM), who previously played at IIHF events, and double overager Nico Daws (2020 draft)"data-reactid =" 98 "> Team Canada does not have a Bonafide stopper with a knight's or Askarov's family tree on the net, but so did most of his days. There have been five gold medals in a row in the past decade. Joel Hofer (STL) WHL's Portland Winterhawks seems to be the number 1 favorite, and he has a lot of experience with a high number of strokes per game – but in the Canadian major junior and with no international experience. Expect to support him Olivier Rodrigue (EDM), who previously played at IIHF events, and double overager Nico Daws (2020 draft)Who was the surprise next to the camp.

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Czech Republic

<p class = "Canvas-Atom Canvas-Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "This year's hosts are desperately trying to end almost two decades of futility for juniors from all over the world: apart from a bronze medal in 2005, the Czechs have never completed more than the fourth since winning two consecutive gold medals in 2000 and 2001. Multiple selections in the first round in the last NHL drafts Emphasize multiple perspectives with NHL affiliations and two potential choices in the first round in 2020 Jaromir Pytlik and Jan Mysak, They have exciting playmakers and runaway threats across the cast, especially speedsters Jakub Lauko (BOS)forward in both directions Jan Jenik (ARI) and winger Karel Plasek (VAN)Emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art…1007 & lang = DE This year 's hosts are desperately trying to put an end to the futility of juniors in the world. Apart from a bronze medal in 2005, the Czechs have never ended more than the fourth encounter since their recovery – back golds in 2000 and 2001. It's surprising when you consider that they won Ivan Hlinka in 2016 and in the last NHL Designs have produced multiple selection rounds. This year's group will offer multiple prospects with NHL affiliations as well as two possible selection rounds in 2020 in forward Jaromir Pytlik and Jan Mysak, They have exciting playmakers and runaway threats across the cast, especially speedsters Jakub Lauko (BOS)forward in both directions Jan Jenik (ARI) and winger Karel Plasek (VAN),

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "If the Czechs break their medal slide at the end you will probably see her a big thank you for that, the duo of the World Juniors hero of 2019 Lukas Dostal (ANA) and capable backup Lukas Parik (LAK) – which was fantastic at the last U18 World Championships – is supposed to give the Czech Republic stability and the opportunity to scoop a game or two from a favorite superpower. "Data-reactid =" 123 "> If the Czechs break apart medal slide in the end, they will probably have a big thank you for it. The duo of the world junior hero of 2019 Lukas Dostal (ANA) and capable backup Lukas Parik (LAK) – which was fantastic at the last U18 World Championships – is supposed to give the Czech Republic stability and the possibility to steal one or the other game from a favorite superpower.

<p class = "Canvas-Atom Canvas-Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The defense must contribute on a committee basis as it is not a legitimate number 1 or there is no stopper, the only NHL conscript is right Martin Hugo Has (WAS), who is big and plays physically, but also skates well and can be used on the power game. There are two WHL-trained stragglers that are promising, and both are eligible for approval in 2020 – Simon Kubicek the Seattle Thunderbirds and Radek Kucerik of the Saskatoon Blades. "data-reactid =" 124 "> The defense must contribute on a committee basis because it lacks the legitimate number 1 or the stopper. The only NHL conscript is right Martin Hugo Has (WAS)who is big and plays physically, but also skates well and can be used in power play. There are two WHL-trained stragglers that are promising. Simon Kubicek the Seattle Thunderbirds and Radek Kucerik the Saskatoon blades.

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Germany

world championship last December, the Germans are not going to have it easy in the mincing machine known as Group B." data-reactid="146">The newcomer to this year's group by winning the U20 World Championship in Division 1A last December will not make it easy for the Germans in the Group B chipper.

<p class = "Canvas-Atom Canvas-Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "What they lack in depth and experience is compensated for by one excellent upper class of prospects, led by defenders Moritz Seiderwinger Dominik Bokk (AUTO) and first draft for 2020 Tim Stutzlethat should center the top line. A few dynamic left wingers from 2002 strengthen the top German positions Lukas Reichel and J.J. Peterka, From then on, the lines do not necessarily become thinner. Sherbrooke Center Taro Jentzsch, who was invited to the Vegas camp in the off-season, is versatile in all situations and should take the second line. It might be possible to join him on a grand piano Justin Protection (FLA)"data-reactid =" 147 "> What they lack in depth and experience is offset by an excellent selection of prospects, led by defenders Moritz Seiderwinger Dominik Bokk (AUTO) and first draft for 2020 Tim Stutzlethat should center the top line. A few dynamic left wingers from 2002 strengthen the top German positions Lukas Reichel and J.J. Peterka, From then on, the lines do not necessarily become thinner. Sherbrooke Center Taro Jentzsch, who was invited to the Vegas camp in the off-season, is versatile in all situations and should take the second line. It might be possible to join him on a grand piano Justin Protection (FLA), a strong two-way guy with very good speed and a powerful stride that can be stuck in a phone booth or explode in open ice to reach a target close to the network.

<p class = "Canvas-Atom-Canvas-Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The defense and goalkeeper is represented by a significant Though Seider has proven that he is able to carry a defense corps and play more than 30 minutes per game, he needs help from puck makers like Simon Gnyp, who headed the U18 team last year, and Leon Huttl and physical two-way defender Maximilian Glotzl; All three are qualified for the 2020 draft. Tobias Ancicka "data-reactid =" 148 "> Defense and goalkeeping will be under a lot of stress, though Seider did. He has demonstrated that he is able to carry a defense corps and play more than 30 minutes per game Simon Gnyp, who headed the U18 team last year, and Leon Huttl and physical two-way defender Maximilian Glotzl; All three are qualified for the 2020 draft. Tobias Ancicka was one of the top rated destinations in Europe for last year's draft and was supposed to achieve the lion's share of minutes between pipes.

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Finland

<p class = "canvas-atom-canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The defending champions are deep enough from front to back, to throw up the degrees from Kakko who took the crown home with Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the NHL last year Anton Lundell"data-reactid =" 171 "> The defending champions are deep enough to bear Kakko's degrees, after all they took the crown home last year at the Jesperi Kotkaniemi Center in the NHL, but the bigger blow for this squad is Loss of the two-way center Anton Lundell, a top draft for 2020 that was injured a few weeks ago.

<p class = "canvas-atom-canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "A serious strength for the Finns is on the wing. You have several high-speed goalscorers like Sampo Ranta (COL). Eemil Erholtz. Matias Maccelli (ARI), and Joona's oden, Your best player in the crunch time will be the center of attention Rasmus Kupari (LAK)"data-reactid =" 172 "> A serious strength for the Finns is on the wing. They have several high-speed goalscorers like Sampo Ranta (COL). Eemil Erholtz. Matias Maccelli (ARI), and Joona's oden, Your best player in the crunch time will be the center of attention Rasmus Kupari (LAK)who should anchor the top line and lead the power game.

<p class = "Canvas-Atom-Canvas-Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The defense is on the smaller side, but has a trio of elite playmakers – Anttoni Honka (AUTO). Ville Heinola (WIN) and Toni Utunen (VAN), Lassi Thomsonis a mass shooter who runs on the puck with confidence. What the group lacks is a physical presence or a distinct kink, and the lack of size can lead to unnecessary stick fouls. "Data-reactid =" 173 "> Defense is a bit smaller, but there are three elite playmakers – Anttoni Honka (AUTO). Ville Heinola (WIN) and Toni Utunen (VAN), Lassi Thomsonis a mass shooter who runs on the puck with confidence. What the group lacks is a physical presence or a distinct kink, and the lack of size can lead to unnecessary stick fouls.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "In the finish line the Finns will probably rely on it Justus Annunen (COL) as the main starter with Jasper Patrikainen and Kari Piiroinen referenced in backup roles. The Finns won gold with a slight goalkeeper attack in 2016, but it will be difficult for Annunen to repeat the dominant performance of Sabers & # 39; potential Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from last year. In his honor, Annunen was a huge success for Finland at the 2018 U18 World Championships when he defeated Knight and the USA in the gold medal game. "Data-reactid =" 174 "> In the goal the Finns will probably rely on it Justus Annunen (COL) as the main starter with Jasper Patrikainen and Kari Piiroinen referenced in backup roles. The Finns won gold with a slight goalkeeper attack in 2016, but it will be difficult for Annunen to repeat the dominant performance of Sabers & # 39; potential Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from last year. In his honor, Annunen was a huge success for Finland at the 2018 U18 World Cup when he defeated Knight and the USA in the gold medal game.

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Switzerland

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Every year the prevailing opinion about the Swiss at world juniors is that they're always good at least to get a surprise or at least get close to them. Last year they took advantage of a timely goal from Yannick Bruschweiler and a solid goalkeeping game from Luca Hollenstein to improve the favored Swedes in the medal round before losing in the semi-finals and bronze medal game. Much like last year, this 2020 group doesn't have a superstar to lean on, but it does have a handful of high-quality two-way attackers and mobile defenders who can handle physical play. "Data – reactid =" 197 "> Every. This year the Swiss among the world juniors think that they are always good at it to create at least one surprise or at least get close to it Luca Hollenstein to improve the favored Swedes in the medal round before losing in the semi-finals and bronze medal game. Similar to last year, this 2020 group doesn't have a superstar to lean on, but it does have a handful of high quality two-way strikers and mobile defenders who can handle physical play.

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United States in group play for the second time in three years, and it won’t hurt that their lineup is full of prospects who are used to either the bigger or smaller sheets of ice — in addition to having familiarization with the contrasting styles of play between Europeans and across the pond." data-reactid="199">The Swiss will face Canada or the United States for the second time in a group in three years, and it doesn't hurt that their lineup is full of prospects that are used to playing either the larger or the smaller ice sheets with the contrasting play styles between Europeans and across the pond.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Both Hollenstein and Akira Schmid (NJD) will be back online for the Swiss, with the smaller, faster Hollenstein expected as the main starter. Every goalkeeper has the luxury of a solid, wrinkle-free defense to the front Nico Gross (NYR) and Tim Berni return after playing important roles in last year's group. "data-reactid =" 200 "> Both Hollenstein and Akira Schmid (NJD) will be back online for the Swiss, with the smaller, faster Hollenstein expected as the main starter. Every goalkeeper has the luxury of a solid, wrinkle-free defense to the front Nico Gross (NYR) and Tim Berni return after playing important roles in last year's group.

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Sweden

news is the only tradition power they’ll have to deal with in Group A will be the rival Finns, who they open with on Dec. 26." data-reactid="222">If they were awarded gold medals for the preliminary round, the Swedes would have the most successful junior program in tournament history. Unfortunately, they don't seem to carry their group game wins into the medal round. They will try to wipe out memories of the QF defeat in Switzerland, and the good news is the only traditional force they have to deal with in Group A: the rival Finns they start on December 26th.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The strength of the Swedish 2020 group lies in its blue line – There are the five best picks from the first round, starting with the 2018 draft Rasmus Sandin, who qualified briefly for the Toronto Maple Leafs this year and was one of the best defenders of the AHL. There is also a trio of top 31 picks from the 2019 draft in two-way beasts Philip Broberg (EDM). Victor Soderstrom (ARI), and Tobias Björnfot (LAK), However, the group's most impressive defender in terms of pucking skills is the right one Nils Lundkvist (NYR), one of the most successful under 20 year olds in SHL history. Head coach Tomas Monten will have a lot of flexibility when it comes to filling his points in the power game. "Data-reactid =" 223 "> The strength of the Swedish 2020 group lies in its blue line – it has the five best tournaments to choose from starting with 2018 conscripts Rasmus Sandin, who qualified briefly for the Toronto Maple Leafs this year and was one of the best defenders of the AHL. There is also a trio of top 31 picks from the 2019 draft in two-way beasts Philip Broberg (EDM). Victor Soderstrom (ARI), and Tobias Björnfot (LAK), However, the group's most impressive defender in terms of pucking skills is the right one Nils Lundkvist (NYR), one of the most successful under 20 year olds in SHL history. Head coach Tomas Monten will have a lot of flexibility when it comes to filling his points in the power game.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The forward group lacks a superstar, although 2020 draft prospects Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz They have the potential to dominate this tournament the way they did when they led the Swedes to gold at the last U18 World Cup. The question is whether they are ready to get their way when they are 17. Wenn die Jugendlichen Schwierigkeiten haben zu liefern, fällt die Last wahrscheinlich auf die Schultern der Aussicht auf Vancouver Nils Hoglander, talentierter Torschütze Samuel Fagemo (LAK)und Zweiwege-Zentren Jacob Olofsson (MTL) and David Gustafsson (WIN), "data-reactid =" 224 "> Der Stürmergruppe fehlt ein Superstar, obwohl der Entwurf für 2020 aussichtsreich ist Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz Sie haben das Potenzial, dieses Turnier so zu dominieren, wie sie es getan haben, als sie die Schweden bei der letzten U18-Weltmeisterschaft zu Gold geführt haben. Die Frage ist, ob sie bereit sind, als 17-Jährige ihren Willen durchzusetzen. Wenn die Jugendlichen Schwierigkeiten haben zu liefern, fällt die Last wahrscheinlich auf die Schultern der Aussicht auf Vancouver Nils Hoglander, talentierter Torschütze Samuel Fagemo (LAK)und Zweiwege-Zentren Jacob Olofsson (MTL) and David Gustafsson (WIN),

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Slowakei

Wenn es eine Mannschaft gibt, die eine der favorisierten Nationen im Gruppenspiel überraschen könnte, dann könnten es die Slowaken sein, die über mehr als eine Handvoll gefährlicher Stürmer verfügen, die ein Spiel stehlen können, und mehrere offensiv denkende Verteidiger, die auf dem Feld gut gespielt haben internationale Bühne.

<p class = "Leinwand-Atom Leinwand-Text Mb (1,0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0,8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Im Ziel, Samuel Hlavaj will be called upon to thwart the high-powered offenses of both Sweden and Finland in Group A. He had a rough draft year in 2019 while playing for the USHL’s Lincoln Stars but moved to the QMJHL and has been stellar for the Sherbrooke Phoenix. At 6-4, Hlavaj covers a lot of net, has quick reflexes and his strong push to the far side is far more controlled than it was a season ago. He has also proven to withstand a high number of shots in succession." data-reactid="249">In goal, Samuel Hlavaj will be called upon to thwart the high-powered offenses of both Sweden and Finland in Group A. He had a rough draft year in 2019 while playing for the USHL’s Lincoln Stars but moved to the QMJHL and has been stellar for the Sherbrooke Phoenix. At 6-4, Hlavaj covers a lot of net, has quick reflexes and his strong push to the far side is far more controlled than it was a season ago. He has also proven to withstand a high number of shots in succession.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The forward lines for Slovakia are solid. They have a centerpiece in sniping winger Maxim Cajkovic (TBL), who had a strong training camp for the Lightning and has parlayed that into an improved season with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs. A probable candidate to join him on the Slovaks’ top line is left winger Oliver Okuliar, a sturdy draft-eligible forward with sharp hockey sense who can deliver the puck with accuracy from anywhere in the offensive zone. They also have 2000-born center Kristian Kovacik, who is an exciting playmaker with a quick stick, plays solid in his own end should see time on special teams." data-reactid="251">The forward lines for Slovakia are solid. They have a centerpiece in sniping winger Maxim Cajkovic (TBL), who had a strong training camp for the Lightning and has parlayed that into an improved season with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs. A probable candidate to join him on the Slovaks’ top line is left winger Oliver Okuliar, a sturdy draft-eligible forward with sharp hockey sense who can deliver the puck with accuracy from anywhere in the offensive zone. They also have 2000-born center Kristian Kovacik, who is an exciting playmaker with a quick stick, plays solid in his own end should see time on special teams.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="One of their most noticeable defensemen should be swift puck-mover Samuel Knazko, a 2020 draft prospect who is one of the top-scoring defensemen Finland’s Jr. A SM-Liiga and an excellent power-play quarterback." data-reactid="252">One of their most noticeable defensemen should be swift puck-mover Samuel Knazko, a 2020 draft prospect who is one of the top-scoring defensemen Finland’s Jr. A SM-Liiga and an excellent power-play quarterback.

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Kasachstan

After avoiding relegation with a pair of wins over Denmark following a winless preliminary stage, Kazakhstan has a puncher’s chance to win their first game in group play since beating Switzerland on Dec. 30, 2007.

They open this year’s tournament against the Swiss, followed by a meeting with Slovakia; by avoiding the heavily-favored Finns and Swedes until the latter portions of the preliminary round, the Kazakhs might be able to make more noise than expected. For starters, most of their roster was taken from the club team Snezhnye Barsy, which plays in Russia’s top junior league. Although they own one of the worst records in the circuit, they shouldn’t have any issues with chemistry.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kazakhstan has several interesting players to watch, and the majority of its team leaders are 2001-born prospects. Center Dias Gudeinov is a skilled minute eater who is used in every situation and takes all the big faceoffs. He anchors Snezhnye Barsy’s top line with playmaking winger Oleg Boiko on the right side and aggressive speed merchant Maxim Musurov on the left. Boiko certainly is one to watch, as he’s an excellent stickhandler who excels in the cycle and can run the power play from the half-wall." data-reactid="276">Kazakhstan has several interesting players to watch, and the majority of its team leaders are 2001-born prospects. Center Dias Gudeinov is a skilled minute eater who is used in every situation and takes all the big faceoffs. He anchors Snezhnye Barsy’s top line with playmaking winger Oleg Boiko on the right side and aggressive speed merchant Maxim Musurov on the left. Boiko certainly is one to watch, as he’s an excellent stickhandler who excels in the cycle and can run the power play from the half-wall.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kazakhstan’s defense is nothing short of physical and toes the line between dirty and legal hits. The duo of Artyom Korolyov and Danil Butenko eat up most of the minutes as a top pair at the club level, and they will look to establish a physical presence early in matches. This development may prove costly, however, as they are prone to stick fouls and high hits that won’t go unnoticed by the whistle-happy IIHF referees." data-reactid="277">Kazakhstan’s defense is nothing short of physical and toes the line between dirty and legal hits. The duo of Artyom Korolyov and Danil Butenko eat up most of the minutes as a top pair at the club level, and they will look to establish a physical presence early in matches. This development may prove costly, however, as they are prone to stick fouls and high hits that won’t go unnoticed by the whistle-happy IIHF referees.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Goaltending is far from a strength for the Kazakhs. They have a big-bodied 17-year-old in Maxim Pavlenko, who has been leaking goals in league play, and the smaller Vladislav Nurek. Nurek also plays in the MHL but has seen far more rubber and played for the national team in each of the last three years." data-reactid="278">Goaltending is far from a strength for the Kazakhs. They have a big-bodied 17-year-old in Maxim Pavlenko, who has been leaking goals in league play, and the smaller Vladislav Nurek. Nurek also plays in the MHL but has seen far more rubber and played for the national team in each of the last three years.

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