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Merry Christmas and the start of the IIHF Junior World Championship 2021 This year’s tournament features six potential New Jersey Devils: Dawson Mercer, Patrick Moynihan, Shakir Mukhamadullin, Arseni Gritsyuk, Alexander Holtz and Jaromir Pytlik This is a WJC preview and one open contribution for Devils fans to discuss this year’s tournament

For millions of people around the world, today is Christmas, one of the biggest holidays of the year.It’s a day of family, tradition, gift giving and more. For millions of ice hockey fans around the world, today is also the start of juniors World Championship 2021 (WJC) It’s the first of an eleven-day hockey tournament featuring hockey players under the age of 20 from ten countries that comes together in a bubble in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The WJC is a big stage for the countries’ hockey federations, a showcase for current draft picks, and a handful Soon drafted players and a generally very exciting hockey tournament Just as important, six potential New Jersey Devils will be competing in this year’s WJC All the more reason to celebrate the holiday season with hockey

The Broadcasts: TSN will be your point of contact in Canada, and the NHL network will be your point of contact in America Links to Schedule and Schedule. Times for the start of the games range from Nov.00 a.m. to 9 p.m.30 p.m.

The Location: Edmonton is hosting this year’s WJC All games will take place at Rogers Place with no fans This is a bubble environment, much like the NHL last summer with the Return to Play efforts

The format: As in previous years, this year’s WJC will have two groups of five teams each: Group A and Group B. The four best teams in each group advance to the playoffs

The playoff is a singles elimination tournament.The quarter-finals are determined by matching the final positions of each group.The first in Group A plays fourth in Group B, the second in Group A plays third in Group B, and so on. The winners of that round move into the semifinals The winners of the semifinals play for the gold medal The losers of the semifinals play for the bronze medal

Unlike in previous years, there will be no round of relegation. The International Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the other divisions in their U20 tournaments. Therefore, anyone who finishes last in each group this year will not compete against each other not to relegate to Division IA

The group stage matches begin on 25 December 2020 and end on 31 December 2020 The quarter-finals of the playoffs will take place on December 2 The semifinals will take place on January 4th, 2021 The third place and the WJC final will take place on January 5, 2021 January 2021 instead of

Austria was promoted from Division IA in WJC 2020 They replace the relegated Kazakhstan

The Reminder: This is a short tournament that has a maximum of seven games played.There will be no real representation of the prospect’s game or their future, so don’t freak out if a Devils prospect / nation has a bad WJC and try to tone down your hype if a Devils prospectus / nation has a good WJC Take the tournament the way it is

The Rules: The rules stay the rules even when the game is on, and it’s an international tournament with some of the best hockey players under the age of 20 in the world Please keep your comments clean, legal (read: no streams, no Links to streams, no demand for streams, no streams) and everything about the games themselves Equally important is that we respect each other There is no need for drama or dislike of your hockey fan Thanks for reading Go Devils Perspectives and / or nation of your choice!

Canada is usually a favorite at the WJC The three major junior leagues give a ton of professional ice hockey players Junior hockey is a bygone era in the nation They also have won the WJC more than any other nation with 18 gold medals they also have the WJC’s last Won all of that year and they host it next year too, but that adds consolation to the fact that this year’s tournament is in a fan-free bubble.If you know nothing about the WJC then you know Canada expects everybody Year to get good results, and this year is no exception

While Alexis Lafréniere – last year’s tournament MVP – is not on the team, Hockey Canada has had no shortage of talent to choose from. Their entire group of strikers is made up of former first-round draft picks with only two of their defenders not being first-round draft picks Round but they got drafted anyway.They even cut the first round picks like Seth Jarvis and Hendrix Lapierre after a massive training cap, Devils prospect Graeme Clarke was the only one productive in all areas and they even took him under the last cut So laden is Canada for this tournament This is a team that consists of Dylan Cozens, Alex Newhook, Bowen Byram, Thomas Harley, Connor McMichael and many others to face the recently drafted Quinton Byfield, Cole Perfetti, Jack Quinn, Jamie Drysdale, Jakob Pelletier, Braden Schneider and others join Kaiden Guhle This is a Loaded List How Loaded? Kirby Dach is out of the WJC due to a warm-up injury and Canada can simply push Byfield to the center of the first line and activate Ryan Suzuki or Philip Tomasino who were injured in the warm-up that’s deep, the Canadian squad is incredible >

This also means that every ice age should be seen as a plus for every player. Dawson Mercer may be a utility player on this team If he were in a different country, he could easily slip into the top 2 of most teams. But in Canada you play the role that is needed Mercer’s advantage is that he is a very smart and versatile player. Since all teams play four games in seven nights, everyone has to contribute

The only question mark for Canada is on the net Dylan Garand and Devon Levi were in the fourth and fourth respectively in 2020 Seventh Round Moved While it doesn’t matter where they were selected, it may not be a single season game played (Garand is in WHL, Levi is with Northeastern) The third goalkeeper is 19 year old Taylor Gauthier How Garand is he’s a WHL-based goalkeeper and hasn’t seen any action outside of the Canadian camp compared to their abundance of drafted talent for strikers and defenders, it sticks out like a sore thumb.But if there’s a team that overcomes a questionable group of goalkeepers, it is this

Well I think Group A is losing to Canada. But this is a short tournament and one bad night can turn everything upside down

The Finnish squad will likely give Canada a really good challenge Finland finished fourth last season so it’s not an easy opponent to send them on. They are led by Anton Lundell and led by Roni Hirvonen, Kasper Simontaival, Roby Järventie, Ville Heinola and Topi Niemelä well supported Finland also has a very interesting future draft for the team No it’s not Aatu Räty He didn’t make the team even though he was in last year’s squad Brad Lambert is admitted for 2022 He is just 17 and only played for JYP in the Liiga Not their U-20 team; her actual pro team He has 7 points in 18 games He has just turned 17 This will be a serious player for the future You can get a preview of him in this tournament In any case, Finland should easily get into the playoff just before the collapse Round Coming Up You could even do this with just one loss to Canada, meaning Switzerland, Slovakia and Germany will be battling for the two remaining playoff spots

In recent years, Switzerland has regularly contested the playoffs and even lost in the bronze medal game in 2019.That means this squad doesn’t jump off the beaten track in terms of young talent or returning players Based on Anton Rasegård’s list of 2021 draft capable player at Habs Eyes on the Prize, Switzerland has four notable points Will they help raise the team? I have no disrespect for Nico Hischier’s homeland, but I’m not sure

Slovakia ended just before Kazakhstan to avoid relegation last year, then they were beaten by Canada But they might surprise in a short tournament to steal a win from Switzerland or Germany. Samuel Hlavaj returns for a rare third straight WJC Samuel Knazko will likely be on her blueline; and maybe the best Slovak U-20 striker, Martin Chromiak, is on the team I would appreciate Slovakia’s chances of sneaking into the playoffs even more if Maxim Cajkovic was on the squad but I totally understand why he did it is not, since he has decided to deal several dangerous and nasty hits to his compatriots in the camp

Before this tournament, Germany is expected to have the best WJC in the country’s history this year.They made it to the WJC last year and prevailed in the relegation round against Kazakhstan With a possibly weaker Swiss team and a Slovak team, which wasn’t that strong at the beginning, it wasn’t impossible to bring the Germans in group A to third or fourth place.But the coronavirus shook the team.Lukas Reichel dropped out due to a positive CoVID-19 test.Only yesterday did another player tested positive and according to Bob McKenzie the team may have only two goalkeepers, five defenders and nine strikers for the first two games Sure, those games are against Canada and Finland; But with only four games in the group stage, every game matters.Even if they had a full line-up, a lot will be carried on the backs of Tim Stützle and John-Jason Peterka, with both likely having a bright future in the NHL, they’re just two Players The other Germans have to do their team work to make their contribution from goalkeeper Florian Bugl and to pass Josh Samanski on to defender Luca Münzenberger, among others. It will be a challenge for an understaffed German squad not to end up in Group A last

Russia, Sweden and the United States each have arguments to finally win Group B because of their talent and approach to the game, each with a high profile goalkeeping perspective that could lead a nation to a medal on its own if they did Getting hot enough But only one can prevail The Czech Republic will have to upset not to finish fourth, and a loss to Austria could put them in fifth place

I will start with Russia as there are two devils prospects in Shakir Mukhamadullin and Arseni Gritsyuk, a prospect of creating a team that will play seven games at most is the real success it shows that the association thinks good enough to represent the country at a major tournament, however, as a fan you want to see potential customers play a key role for their country as well, and the signs that this will be the case for Russia are good Mukhamadullin led Russia at the Karjala Cup in a few minutes and Gritsyuk played as a winger in Russia’s top 9 Yes, Russia sent a U-20 team to the Karjala Cup and won all the games against the national teams of the Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland, and Russia’s offense will certainly be interesting as there will be Rodion Amirov, Vasili Podkolzin, Yegor Chinakhov and Marat Khusnutdinov The defense has two 2021 Draft Eligible Players in Daniil Chayka and Kirill Kirsanov In particular, Chayka has received some enthusiasm as a potential first-round player.The main concern of Russian opponents will of course be on the net.Yaroslav Askarov is expected to start and he is looking for revenge after a not so good WJC 2020 Askarov was unbelievable for SKA St Petersburg in the KHL this season I think he can get it. And a goalkeeper as talented as Askarov, who gets hot in a short tournament like this one, can make the Russian team an incredibly difficult opponent to beat even though Russia usually does in these tournaments an incredibly difficult opponent was they do their business their own way and given the fact that they are second only to Canada in all of WJC history and only lost to Canada in the 2019 final, this is proof of their success Expect them to fight again

Of course, Russia isn’t the only team with a goalkeeper who was or is a goalkeeper who doesn’t hold up a goalkeeper except for this guy in the NHL draft.The US is bringing a talented roster to this year’s WJC, which is to be expected as the point The USNTDP is about developing players who do well in tournaments like this one, returning several players from the ridiculously talented team of 2019 in this roster: Trevor Zegras, Alex Turcotte, Cole Caufield, Bobby Brink, Matt Boldy, Cam York and Spencer Knight are on that list, among others. Jack Hughes was eligible, but he won’t go (by the way, which was the right call? He has nothing to prove at U-20 level and the risk of injury is enormous – that’s exactly what happened to Dach) you join a group that includes Arthur Kaliyev, Matthew Beniers (NHL Draft 2021), Dustin Wolf (who was incredible for Everett in the WHL), and recently drafted Jake Sanderson, Brett Berard and Brendan Brisson are represented. It’s a very strong group, and it seems USA Hockey has been trying to get some role-playing players, which explains the prospect of Devils Patrick Moynihan who plays in the bottom six games, say what you want but for a short tournament like this you need people in all possible roles to be successful, especially in a group with Russia and SwedenS. They may have a chip on their shoulder after bouncing off last year’s WJC in the quarter-finals The team won medals on paper Now all they have to do is make it through Group B, which is much easier said than done given Russia and Sweden

Sweden could have been a lot stronger than it could be The coronavirus has kept the Swedish U-20 coach out of the bubble and four players from the squad: 2021 draft qualified and Alexander Holtz ‘linemate at Djurgården’s William Eklund, defender William Wallinder, Pest Albin Grewe and striker Karl Henriksson However, the Swedes in Edmonton are very, very good The devil’s perspective Alexander Holtz will lead the offensive alongside Lucas Raymon, Noel Gunlar, Theodore Neiderbach and Zion Nybeck.In the blueline, Philip Broberg, Victor Soderstrom and Tobias Bjornfot will be added The most terrifying thing about Sweden is the network Hugo Alnefelt was a star in the WJC last year when Sweden was narrowly beaten by Russia in the semifinals but won bronze he’s not only back but there’s a newer face that’s even better could be 2021 draft fans, get ready for Jesper Wallstedt Like Knight and Askarov before him, he’s the goalkeeper Wallstedt turned 18 in November and was fantastic for Luleå from SHL No, not their junior team, their professional team. It will be interesting to see how the time between the WJC veteran Alnefelt and the incoming Wallstedt will be difficult for opponents to beat either of them when they are in their respective games And that, plus the contributions of Holtz, Raymond etc … can help Sweden overcome the proverbial hump and maybe aim higher than bronze this year

These are the sharks. What about the Czech Republic and Austria? The Czech Republic doesn’t have a lot of top-notch talent Sure, they have several drafted players like the devil-chosen Jaromir Pytlik; Blackhawks selected Michal Teply; and Montreal-designed Jan Mysak But with no certainty on the net and a young defense – with two 17-year-olds in Stanislav Svozil and David Jiricek – it will be a difficult time for the Czechs. The Austrians are new to this year’s WJC since they were out last year In Austria there are Marco Rossi, Marco Rossi, Marco Rossi, several other Austrians, Marco Rossi and this amazing quote from Luis Lindner in this IIHF article by Chris Jurewicz:

“We want to do our best and then everyone should know. The kangaroos aren’t in Austria,” says Lindner. “That’s the greatest thing I want to achieve. I want to know that people know where Austria is. They bring it not confused with Australia I want people to know that Austria is Vienna and we can play hockey ”

Austria is indeed not where the kangaroos are, maybe they will surprise someone and get a result. If so, I would expect Marco Rossi to be involved

In short, I think this is Canada’s losing tournament. Here’s how I see it collapse

The experience of Slovakia combined with the unimpressive Swiss squad and understaffed Germany could put them in third place. You can change the order of the three teams in Group B as you see fit, but I think this is in very tight quarters Games between them will happen in that order Unfortunately there is no relegation this year as a short series between Austria and Switzerland would be fascinating Well

No real surprises apart from Sweden versus Finland – which isn’t much of it, depending on who you ask Sweden’s superior goalkeeping team and the power of Holtz should make it through

Sorry Sweden, but you will not overcome the WJC hump in Edmonton against this Canadian team of all Canadian teams I think the U.S. will take revenge on Russia from the group stage

In a duel between the goalkeepers, I think Russia will oust the Swedes

As an American, I wish it wasn’t like that, but this is Canada’s losing tournament and so the US ends up falling to Canada

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World News – CA – 2021 World Junior Championships preview & Open Post for the Devils fan

Source: https://www.allaboutthejersey.com/2020/12/25/22197544/2021-world-junior-championships-preview-open-post-new-jersey-devils-fan-holtz-mercer-mukhamadullin