Led by 17-year-old phenom Connor Bedard, Canada is seeking to enhance on final 12 months’s silver medal-winning efficiency on the World Junior Hockey Championship. Canada begins its 2022 schedule on Wednesday in Edmonton this afternoon with a recreation in opposition to Latvia.
Watch Canada play Latvia LIVE at 6pm ET on TSN1, the TSN App, and TSN.ca. The TSN triple header begins at 2pm ET with Switzerland taking over Sweden.
Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Sebastian Cossa will begin for Workforce Canada on Wednesday after permitting three objectives on 12 photographs in aid throughout the crew’s pre-tournament recreation in opposition to Sweden.
“He backed the Edmonton crew to a [WHL] and he went to the Memorial Cup and performed rather well,” stated head coach Dave Cameron. “The most effective time you play the perfect it offers you the perfect probability to enhance. That is what the Memorial Cup is about and that is what this event is about. Any time these younger individuals can draw on information it should make them higher.
“He performed properly sufficient throughout his profession that Detroit gave him a first-round decide [15th overall in 2021] so he has lots going for him.”
Canada has a number of NHL prospects, led by Bedard, the highest prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft, and Mason McTavish, who was chosen third total by the Anaheim Geese within the 2021 NHL Draft. 4 forwards from Canadian NHL groups will play for Canada at this 12 months’s World Junior Championship, Ottawa Senators forwards Ridley Greig and Zack Ostapchuk and Montreal Canadiens forwards Joshua Roy and Riley Kidney.
Ostapchuk and Greig will skate on the identical line Wednesday, together with New York Islanders prospect William Dufour.
“I like how [Greig] do all that,” Ostapchuk stated. “He has lots of grit. It hits guys. He’s exhausting on pucks. He’s good within the D-zone. He wins faceoffs and has the talent to again it up. He is a man you do not wish to play.”
Roy, 19, led the QMHJL in scoring final season with 119 factors (51 objectives, 68 assists) in 66 video games for the Sherbrooke Phoenix. He might be adopted as a key offensive contributor as he’ll play on the highest line with Bedard and McTavish.
Canada has received medals in 4 of the final 5 tournaments, together with a pair of gold medals in 2018 and 2020. Canada final received gold on dwelling soil in 2015, when the World Juniors had been cut up between Toronto and Montreal.
Latvia opened their event on Tuesday with a 6-1 loss to Finland, who received bronze medals final 12 months.
Defending champion USA received their opening recreation, beating Germany 5-1.
Canada Traces at observe on Tuesday
Roy – MacThomas – Bedard
Johnson – Stankoven – Foerster
Ostapchuk – Greig – Dufour
Cuylle – Desnoyers – Left hand
Othmann – Duanag
O’Rourke – Cormier
Seeley – Thomson
Del Mastro – Lambos