WJC 2016 Archive

Thanks Shawn, plus splitting hairs

Thanks to Shawn Roarke of NHL.com @sroarke_nhl for challenging my initial Tweet on Christian Dvorak. I did initially say “college numbers” in reference to Dvorak’s career, when of course he played junior. It was a case of green jersey transference. My mind saw a player winning a spring championship in a green jersey on a

Is 18 the new 19?

Traditionally the NHL entry draft has even the top players coming from their junior, college, or European backgrounds with only token World Junior Championship experience at best. However, this year 6 of the top 9 prospects not only played at the WJC, but played major roles for their respective countries. With the state of the

Do you feel lucky?

So the Draft Lottery is done and the 2016 draft will see Toronto #1, Winnipeg #2, and Columbus #3 – while Buffalo stays at #8. The Oilers and Canucks fell 2 spots and the Flames fell 1. Getting into the top 3 in this draft is huge, so Winnipeg is obviously happy. For me, I

WJC Player Assessments – 4th to 9th Place Finishers

This post will focus on viewings of players that were not on medal winning teams. I look mostly to players with NHL potential. Stay tuned for assessments of players from the top 3 teams! Sweden The Swedes lost out to the Americans in the Bronze Medal game. Their chances were dealt a blow in game 1

WJC Player Assessments – Medalists

This post will focus on NHL caliber talent on display with the top 3 teams at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Finland, Russia, and the USA took gold, silver, and bronze respectively in a highly enjoyable¬†tournament held in Helsinki, Finland – that I had the good fortune to attend.   Finland – Gold Medalists The

Heading for Home

Thursday was a travel day. We checked out, had a nice lunch, then boarded our bus for the airport. Our 5+ hour flight had a little turbulence at the southern tip of Greenland, but was otherwise uneventful.  Some new movies were added to their system since our flight 2 weeks ago so I was able

Finland Day 14 – On to Iceland

Wednesday morning we packed up from our two week stay in Finland and headed off to Iceland. We scheduled a one night stopover to take in some of the island nation. Recently Finland completed an extension of the rail lines to the airport, so we took a very convenient train from Helsinki to Vantaa where

Finland Day 13 – Gold, Silver, & Bronze

The World Juniors culminate in the Gold medal game and the Bronze medal game. Both games are in Hartwall Arena and feature rematches of pool play contests, with the US facing Sweden for the Bronze medal and the host Finland taking on Russia for Gold. Bronze Medal Game Sweden opted to go with Felix Sandstrom

Finland Day 12 – Semifinals

Today the World Juniors moved to Hartwall Arena to complete the competition. The semifinals determine who plays for gold & silver and who plays for bronze. First up was Finland versus Sweden Finland chose to start Kaapo Kahkonen in goal, who relieved Veini Vehvilainen in the Quarterfinal versus Canada. Sweden played Linus Soderstrom, the New

Finland Day 11 – Design Sunday

With only a relegation round game played Sunday we decided to take a day off from the tournament and see more of Helsinki. Incidentally, Switzerland beat Belarus in game 2 of a best-of-three relegation round, so the Swiss stay up in next years WJC while Belarus moves down, to be replaced by Latvia. For us,