Your cheat sheet for NHL prospects in the 2016 World Junior Championships. With a few notes and links.
- Jacob Larsson, Team Sweden
- Julius Nattinen, Team Finland
- Marcus Pettersson, Team Sweden
- Christian Dvorak, Team USA
- Erik Kallgren, Team Sweden
- Anton Karlsson, Team Sweden
- Jens Looke, Team Sweden
- Ryan MacInnis, Team USA
- Brendan Perlini, Team Canada
- Dylan Strome, Team Canada
- Anders Bjork, Team USA
- Brandon Carlo, Team USA
- Ryan Donato, Team USA
- Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Team Sweden
- David Pastrnak, Team Czech Republic
- Daniel Vladar, Team Czech Republic
- Jakub Zboril, Team Czech Republic
- Will Borgen, Team USA
- Brandon Hickey, Team Canada
- Mason McDonald, Team Canada
- Adam Ollas Mattsson, Team Sweden
- Sebastian Aho, Team Finland
- Haydn Fleury, Team Canada
- Roland McKeown, Team Canada
- Alex Nedeljkovic, Team USA
- Radovan Bondra, Team Slovakia
- Gustav Forsling, Team Sweden
- Nick Schmaltz, Team USA
- Joni Tuulola, Team Finland
- Sergei Boikov, Team Russia
- Mikko Rantanen, Team Finland
Rantanen is Colorado’s 2015 1st round draft pick (10th overall), who struggled in the NHL to start the season, but has been thriving since getting moved to AHL San Antonio. The 6-foot-3 forward getting loaned to the Finnish team is a big deal for the home team’s hopes. He’s been named captain of the Finnish team.
Columbus Blue Jackets
- Gabriel Carlsson, Team Sweden
- Sonny Milano, Team USA
- Zach Werenski, Team USA
This is a strong group of players. Milano will be a top six forward for the U.S. and has the potential to make his presence known.
Wereneski was named the captain of the U.S. team and could be the team’s leader in time on ice. He’ll be leaned on heavily.
- Roope Hintz, Team Finland
Dallas probably should have had two players at the tournament, but 2015 1st round draft pick (12th overall) Denis Gurianov was the final cut for Team Russia. The team said the main reason for the cut as a stupid penalty he took in Russia’s final exhibition game, taking a five-minute major for slashing.
Detroit Red Wings
- Christoffer Ehn, Team Sweden
- Joe Hicketts, Team Canada
- Axel Holmstrom, Team Sweden
- Vili Saarijarvi, Team Finland
- Yevgeni Svechnikov, Team Russia
- Joren van Pottelberghe, Team Switzerland
- William Lagesson, Team Sweden
- Lawson Crouse, Team Canada
- Juho Lammikko, Team Finland
- Denis Malgin, Team Switzerland
- Samuel Montembeault, Team Canada
Montembeault wasn’t initially on the Canadian roster for selection camp even. But an eight-game suspension for Devils prospect Mackenzie Blackwood — which will include the first two games of World Juniors — meant that Canada had to bring another goaltender. Montembeault got the call and looked very good during camp. He may see some ice time.
Look for Crouse as well. He should be making his presence known and being a big force for Canada as they try to repeat as tournament champions.
Los Angeles Kings
- Erik Cernak, Team Slovakia
- Alexander Dergachyov, Team Russia
- Adrian Kempe, Team Sweden
- Damir Sharipzyanov, Team Russia
The Kings have a few picks in the tournament, including Damir Sharipzyanov, who they signed as a free agent over the summer.
- Louie Belpedio, Team USA
- Joel Eriksson Ek, Team Sweden
- Kaapo Kahkonen, Team Finland
- Kirill Kaprizov, Team Russia
- Ales Stezka, Team Czech Republic
Belpedio was named alternate captain of the U.S. team and should log a lot of minutes, maybe second to only captain Zach Werenski.
Eriksson Ek could have a good tournament as well. He’s currently slotted to be on a line with William and Alexander Nylander. William is an incredible player who is tearing up the AHL right now, and Alex is his 2016 entry draft eligible brother. It could be a powerful line.
Kaprizov has been an unexpected success story in the KHL, playing well above his age. With the opportunity to play against players his own age, look for him to be a surprise in the tournament.
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- Vladislav Kamenev, Team Russia
Kamenev will wear the “C” for Russia. He’s the only prospect from the Nashville system to go.
However, Kevin Fiala could have joined his third World Junior Championship squad, but he personally declined to go in order to focus on his pro career in North America.
New Jersey Devils
- Mackenzie Blackwood, Team Canada
- John Quenneville, Team Canada
- Pavel Zacha, Team Czech Republic
Blackwood was broadly through to have a good shot to be the starter for Team Canada. However, he grabbed an eight-game suspension in his final OHL game before he left to join Canadian Selection Camp. That winds up meaning he’s not available for the first two games for the World Junior Championship.
New York Islanders
- Mathew Barzal, Team Canada
- Anthony Beauvillier, Team Canada
- Linus Soderstrom, Team Sweden
New York Rangers
- Brandon Halverson, Team USA
- Adam Huska, Team Slovakia
- Aleksi Saarela, Team Finland
Huska may be the man between the pipes for Slovakia, with the other two goaltenders not quite being at his level to most eyes. David Hrenak is impressive, making the team at just 17, but the Rangers draft pick should be the man for Slovakia.
- Thomas Chabot, Team Canada
- Filip Chlapik, Team Czech Republic
- Andreas Englund, Team Sweden
- Colin White, Team USA
- Radel Fazleyev, Team Russia
- David Kase, Team Czech Republic
- Travis Konecny, Team Canada
- Oskar Lindblom, Team Sweden
- Ivan Provorov, Team Russia
- Feliz Sandstrom, Team Sweden
- Travis Sanheim, Team Canada
San Jose Sharks
- Rourke Chartier, Team Canada
- Timo Meier, Team Switzerland
- Noah Rod, Team Switzerland
St. Louis Blues
- Niko Mikkola, Team Finland
- Dmitrii Sergeev, Team Russia
Tampa Bay Lightning
- Dominik Masin, Team Czech Republic
- Brayden Point, Moose Team Canada
- Mitchell Stephens, Team Canada
Lightning fans should enjoy watching Canada play. Point is the team’s top-line center and Stephens made himself known during camp with versatile play and keen defensive ability. Thought Point is nursing a shoulder injury, he’s been named captain of the Canadian team.
Toronto Maple Leafs
- Travis Dermott, Team Canada
- Kasperi Kapanen, Team Finland
- Mitch Marner, Team Canada
- William Nylander, Team Sweden
- Dmytro Timashov, Team Sweden
The Leafs not only have a good handful of guys in the tournament, but they’ve got some key players. Marner is likely to be lining up on Canada’s second line, centered by Dylan Strome. The line may be Canada’s most potent offensive threat with John Quenneville on the other wing.
Kapanen was loaned from the Marlies and should be key forward for Finland, even if his offensive numbers seem to have tapered off a little over the last couple of seasons.
And Nylander, also loaned from the Marlies, figures to be a huge get for Sweden. He’s been tearing up the AHL and if Sweden has hopes of making a run, Nylander will play a key role.
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- Brock Boeser, Team USA
- Jake Virtanen, Team Canada
Virtanen, coming off an injury, was loaned to the Canadian team from the Canucks. The power forward should make a big impact both on the ice — he should be on the team’s first line to start the tournament — and off the ice as a leader. He’s one of few players returning to the Canadian squad from last year’s gold medal run.
- Ilya Samsonov, Team Russia
- Jonas Siegenthaler, Team Switzerland
- Vitek Vanecek, Team Czech Republic
- Pavel Kraskovski, Team Russia
- Sami Niku, Team Finland
- Michael Spacek, Team Czech Republic
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