Group standings so far
- Canada (2 wins, 6 points, ahead of goal difference)
- Finland (2 wins, 6 points)
- Germany (1 win, 1 overtime loss, 2 points)
- Czech Republic (1 overtime loss, one loss, 1 point)
- Austria (2 wins, no points)
- Sweden (2 wins, 6 points)
- USA (1 win, 1 loss by forfeiture, 3 points)
- Russia (1 win, 1 loss, 3 points)
- Switzerland (1 win, 1 loss, 3 points)
- Slovakia (2 losses, no points)
Storylines around the World Juniors
- Bedard’s bestial bunch: That Canada is good comes as no surprise to anyone. What comes to mind for many people is that Connor Bedard is a fantastic talent waiting for someone to fall hard for Bedard in 2023, as he so effortlessly made clear to the Austrians on Tuesday:
- The Great Northern Wall (stedt): Sweden has been blessed with the luck of negative COVID tests and is currently leading Group B, and while their talent and system have once again shown themselves to be as dominant as usual, the man who has already made himself a nightmare to play against in Wallstedt, showing himself nimble and ready to play, saw the most rubber of any goalkeeper at the tournament (yes, even Austria after last night), and has a glorious 0.961 SV%. De Wild will be very lucky to have such a child come to frozen Minnesota in a few years.
- “If Lysell isn’t on screen, everyone should be asking ‘Where’s Fabian Lysell?'” So the Bruins aren’t much represented at these World Juniors, the big thing that
- United States of Surrender: Thanks to COVID, Group B is in chaos; The US had positive tests, and from what we can tell, the main reason they didn’t “let them play” as so many very down-to-earth individuals have suggested is that more than one of their goalkeepers seems to have come back positive for The Thing What Made Masks Trendy. It’s a shame, but given that Team USA was otherwise a slot, it casts some real doubt as to who could make it to the top of this division simply due to the fact that there are very few games left in the round robin section . We’ll see if they can take on Sweden today.
- German technique: Must give the Deutsch their due; they have fooled themselves, even if their track record suggests otherwise; an OT win against the Czechs in an absolute blast of a game you should see the recap if you can. There are plenty of young hockey players in this German program who could take this team somewhere special, but none more so than Alexander Blank, who dragged his homeland across the finish line with help from Florian Bugl standing on his head.
Michkov’s maniacal moves: While Russia has already jumped headlong into underperformance (playing Sweden straight out of the gate will do), they still manage to look as dangerous as ever against the smaller nations. But the bigger problem in solving Russia eventually starts with solving Matvei Michkov, who can uh
Do some things that are quite difficult to do. He also scored an extremely controversial goal, but was otherwise the reason for look at the red machine do it as expected. They’re getting Slovakia today, which we’re talking about…
- Struggling Slovaks: While Austria…well… is about as good as you’d imagine, the real disappointment at this point in the tournament (except for cancellations) is Slovakia, which is currently holding a tournament that has the worst score with 2 goals scored , and in spite of their goaltending being generally excellent, their young guns have not produced as expected. One can only hope that they either find a way against Russia or see themselves in the round of “”””Relegation”””””.
- The Pall Hanging Over the Tournament: While the hockey was otherwise pretty solid and the games fun, there’s a stab of annoyance felt by fans around the world after the IIHF canceled all other tournaments scheduled to take place during the month of January, with a special focus on going to the Women’s U18 tournament, which around this time has generally attracted the same interest as the World Juniors themselves, mainly because many players typically use it as their last possible chance to make it to the Olympics, or as a last chance to impress future college scouts who may be looking for young talent. The fact that the tournament has been canceled for the 2nd consecutive time and such blatant, rude and frankly rather annoying answer why the IIHF couldn’t be able to tell an arena that’s already home to fans to let some teens hang out and prove who’s the best as it goes on is just unscrupulous, and they’ve taken it from all sides , from fans to former players.
Really, it behooves the IIHF to tie the knot, set a date and time, take them to Texas or Florida or wherever, and let these girls play. After two years of this shit and frankly other more obnoxious rinky-dink treatment, they owe them that much.
- The other Pall hanging over the tournament: Drive you crazy, COVID. I know the rest of the world has tried otherwise to forget how much your ass hurts, but seriously, COVID is ruining it.
What awaits us?:
Sweden vs. the US could potentially be Fabian Lysell’s highly anticipated debut. Could be. We will see.
Frankly, due to the COVID problem, there may be some cancellations in the near future. It becomes a flowing thing.
We’ll see what happens.