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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Fans and media will focus on Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the two can’t-miss, hotshot NHL prospects who’ll go head-to-head with each other on New Year’s Eve when Canada plays the United States at the world junior hockey championships.
Scouts, however, will be looking elsewhere.
“There’s other guys (beside) Jack and Connor,” said a scouting director of an NHL team. “There are probably 20-plus guys at this tournament who will get drafted.
“It’s certainly worth it. You never know who can slip and slide up or down the draft. You better be in a position to make the right decision.”
This tournament is chock full of draft-eligible prospects, none of whom are particularly concerned that McDavid and Eichel are getting all the attention.
from Irene Thomaidis of the Toronto Sun,
With the world junior in full swing, the hype around Team Canada phenom Connor McDavid is hitting another peak.
And what bigger hype machine is there than Twitter to document the interest in the Newmarket native — or the tournament in general.
“The world junior is really a perfect storm in terms of driving conversation on Twitter,” Twitter Canada’s Christopher Doyle said. “It’s Team Canada’s best young hockey stars taking on the world, in front of a large national TV audience during the holidays.”
Slovakia is 1-1 so far while the USA is 2-0.
The game starts just after 4:00pm ET from the Bell Centre and can be watched below...
The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Germany lost their first preliminary game yesteday to Canada 4-0 while the USA defeated Finland 2-1 in a shootout on Friday.
Watch the game below...
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed- results are come from how you dress in hockey, a bad hit by Nail Yakupov and some WJC talk.
In a Preliminary Round Group A Game, Team Finland meets Team USA from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Puck drops just after 3:00pm ET.
Watch below and there may be IP restrictions.
via the NHL Network,
NHL Network will provide exclusive live and delayed broadcasts of 28 games from the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto, including all medal-round games and twenty preliminary-round match-ups.
All Team USA games will feature the broadcast team of Steve Mears, NHL Live Powered by Constellation of co-host who will provide play-by-play, and game analyst Dan Bylsma, who served as the head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men's Olympic Ice Hockey Team. Dave Starman, in his 12th season as an NCAA hockey analyst, will serve as the rinkside reporter. Team USA games –including preliminary round matchups against Finland, Germany, Slovakia and Canada also will be available via live stream on NHL.com.
Fans should follow @NHLNetwork for all programming and live game updates.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Boston University freshman Jack Eichel's status as an NHL prospect has reached the point that he almost sounds too good to be true.
In addition to being the most-talked-about U.S. center prospect since Mike Modano was drafted No. 1 overall in 1988, Eichel also has a humility and leadership quality that endears him to teammates and coaches.
"It's just Jack being Jack," said Team USA general manager Jim Johannson. "He's a true team guy who leads by his level of play and by his interaction with everyone, including his teammates, coaches, training staff and equipment guys. He handles everything in a real comfortable and mature way. It all comes natural to him."
from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,
For years, people have been telling McDavid that he is a once-in-a-generation hockey talent. He’s dealt with that pressure the same way he reacts to a pushy maintenance worker – politely deferential, but in full control of the situation.
The best way to describe McDavid’s oversized bag of on-ice tricks is that he plays as if he’s spotlit.
That’s easy to do when you have the puck. McDavid commands attention even when he’s nowhere near the play.
You could spend 20 minutes watching him sit on the bench.
For the whole time he’s out there, he’s stalking, proactive and reactive all at the same time. The best comparison is Mario Lemieux’s predatory glide.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Right now, we expect these six hockey nations will take part: Canada, the United States, Finland, Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic. Plus two other composition teams will round out a field of eight.
For the national teams we know will be in Toronto, we went with a 25-man roster of three goalies, eight defensemen and 14 forwards, and tried to take into account the maturation of young players and the durability of older players.
We also included our Team Euro Leftovers Roster and the Young North American Guns roster (which makes a mockery of the entire tournament and is a kick in the shins to the Swiss and the Slovaks, who should have their own teams in this competition).
We included only those North American players who will be 25 or younger on our Team Sham, er, Team Young Guns roster.
read on for the projected rosters...
NEW YORK (December 22, 2014) – NHL Network™ U.S. will provide exclusive live and delayed broadcasts of 28 games from the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto, including all medal-round games and 20 preliminary-round match-ups
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