Sunday, December 26, 2010

Players You Won't Be Seeing at the World Juniors

1 out of 3 ain't bad
Every year when the World Juniors roll around, there is always some talk of what NHLers could be playing in the tournament, and if they will be released from their teams to play. There is always some standout under-20 players in the NHL, however they are too valuable to their teams to be released for 3 weeks to play at a lower level and risk getting injured. Many fans think they are seeing the best under-20 players in these World Junior Championships, however taking a closer look at the NHL this season, that is not the case.

There are many players this season who could play for their respective countries at the tournament. Canada is normally a frontrunner in this area, and this season is no different. With 7 NHLers who are eligible, they still wouldn't come close to rivaling the 2005 WJC team.

Here's a closer look at these players:

Jeff Skinner – Centre - Canada

His 24 points through 31 games put him 2nd in rookie scoring behind 21 year old Logan Couture. An easy choice for the Canes to keep.

Matt Duchene – Centre - Canada

Averaging almost a point a game with 34 points, Duchene is a keeper for the Av's as a 19 year old.

Ryan O’Reilly – Centre - Canada

Averaging over 16 minutes a game, O'Reilly is a key piece of the Avs youth core as a shut down 3rd liner.
Taylor Hall – Left Wing -Canada

21 points through 33 games means he will continue to stay with the young rookies on Edmonton and play in the shadow of the Oilers Cheerleaders.

Tyler Sequin – Centre - Canada

Kind of surprised he wasn't released by the Maple Leafs Bruins, only averaging 12:34 TOI/Game, and his 11 points in 31 games aren't much to brag about.

Evander Kane – Left Wing - Canada

23 points and 17:29 TOI/Game means this power forward isn't going anywhere.
Kyle Clifford – Left Wing – Canada

There was a chance they were going to let him go, as he only averages about 8 minutes a game, however the Kings were probably afraid he wouldn't make it.

Cam Fowler – Defence - USA

Currently averaging over 22 minutes of ice time a game for the Ducks. With 18 points through 32 games, Fowler is an easy choice for any NHL team to keep.

Alexander Burmistrov – Centre - Russia

Having played in all of Atlanta's games this season, Burmistrov stays with the big club. I'm just glad the Russians don't get his firepower for the tournament.

Magnus Paajarvi – Left Wing - Sweden

One of the young stars of Edmonton, there was no chance the Oilers were dropping Paajarvi like he dropped Svensson from his name.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Defence – Sweden

Ekman-Larsson was a late confirmation not to go, and despite being up and down all season, it looks like he will stick with the Coyotes.


  1. Big win for the boys. USA also didn't look that great so that is good news for team Canada.

  2. Just think of a line of

    Matt Duchene at centre
    Move Taylor Hall to LW
    Evander Kane on RW

    This would be one of the best young lines in the NHL right now.


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