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NFT: Hockey Prospects: World Juniors Prelim Rosters

pjcas18 : 12/7/2018 11:14 am
Just a heads up to fans of teams who are thinking draft more than playoffs, or just fans in general since many of these players have already been drafted and are loaned to their national teams from the university, juniors or other teams.

The WJC-U18 tournament in December 26 - January 5 in Vancouver and Victoria British Columbia is the premier showcase for prospects.

Here is the US prelim roster and some of my notes on these guys (there is a camp/tryout end of next week, so some of these guys will be cut)

Goalies:
Primeau is at Northeastern, Habs draft pick.


Defense:
For Rangers fans..K'Andre Miller is on fire, he's one of the best NCAA defenseman, playing in a great program.



Forwards:


Several of these players are 2019 draft eligible:

Hughes, Coskey, Dhooghe (5' 3" dynamo, fun to watch, not sure if he's got an NHL future. I guess he'd be the shortest player in the NHL or if not close to it) among others.

Poehling a 1st round pick in 2017 for the Habs.
Wahlstrom a 1st round pick in 2018 for the Islanders

I'll post some tidbits from other teams soon for their prelim rosters.

Would be cool to see both Hughes bros play together and win the gold.
thanks  
Jints in Carolina : 12/7/2018 11:33 am : link
love the world juniors...i am off over christmas and i enjoy watching the tournament,
Same here JiC  
pjcas18 : 12/7/2018 11:58 am : link
such a great tournament. Like a mini-Olympics.

And I called this U18, but it's U20.



Primeau....the son of Keith or Wayne?  
Greg from LI : 12/7/2018 12:07 pm : link
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RE: Primeau....the son of Keith or Wayne?  
pjcas18 : 12/7/2018 12:10 pm : link
In comment 14208428 Greg from LI said:
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Keith.

and he's the youngest of three brothers, only way I can explain him becoming a goalie (the youngest brother always got stuck in the net at home in the driveway) - though one of his brothers is MUCH older.
Rangers prospect Joey Keane  
Lowell : 12/7/2018 1:22 pm : link
might make the cut since he's only one of two right handed Dmen on the roster.
As a Rangers fan  
Ross : 12/7/2018 1:29 pm : link
I'm excited to see what K'Andre Miller can do. He's off to a fantastic start at Wisconsin and has a huge upside.
Thanks guys  
Jay in Toronto : 12/7/2018 2:58 pm : link
For the Badger props. :)

I had season tickets in Badger Bob days - great athletic development culture, great university, great town.
I will not be rooting for Canada  
Jay on the Island : 12/7/2018 4:36 pm : link
But I look forward to watching them because of Devils 1st round pick D Ty Smith. He leads the WHL defenseman in points. He was close to making the Devils roster this year and will definitely make next years team adding some much needed scoring to the blue line. The Islanders other 1st round pick D Noah Dobson is also on the roster and he will likely be paired with Smith.
RE: As a Rangers fan  
Jay on the Island : 12/7/2018 4:37 pm : link
In comment 14208545 Ross said:
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I'm excited to see what K'Andre Miller can do. He's off to a fantastic start at Wisconsin and has a huge upside.

I still can't believe he fell to them. I wanted the Devils to draft him because I didn't think Ty Smith would be there at 17.
For those who don't remember  
pjcas18 : 12/7/2018 4:50 pm : link
last year Canada beat Sweden in the finals. USA and Canada played an outdoor game in a shootout - great game.

USA lost to Sweden in the semis and beat the Czech's for the bronze.

I think the US had the best team though last year, and I do again. Though Sweden was loaded too. Pettersson, Dahlin, Nylander, Andersson. etc.

USA had Mittlstadt (who led the tourney in pts), Tkachuk, Bellows, Joey Anderson, Poehling, Yamamoto, Quinn Hughes, Fox, etc.

Because of their 1st place finish, Canada has the more favorable bracket. US is with Sweden and Finland (among others including Slovakia). Canada is with Russia and the Czech's and others.

For Rangers fans, last year's final had Brett Howden vs Lias Andersson and resulted in Lias throwing his silver medal in the stands (which I had no problem with). Carter Hart, Canada goalie, was the story in that game.

Vitaly Kravtsov is on the preliminary Russian roster  
Greg from LI : 12/7/2018 4:53 pm : link
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