Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
dlbalr

2016 World Juniors Discussion Thread

Recommended Posts

logo.png

The 2016 World Juniors have started. The Habs will have a grand total of zero prospects participating after Noah Juulsen and Lukas Vejdemo were final cuts earlier this week. The StatTracker will be pretty easy this year...

Lots of current Habs/IceCaps have played before with varying degrees of success. Here are the stats for those players: http://www.habsworld.net/2015/12/habs-at-the-world-juniors-2/

Canada and the USA aren't the New Years Eve game this year, they play this afternoon instead (1 PM EST).

In the early action today, William Nylander looks to be concussed after taking a hard open ice hit from Switzerland's Chris Egri. Boston is leaning towards loaning David Pastrnak after the roster freeze lifts on Monday morning - I wonder if this might give them pause?

All games (other than the relegation round) can be seen in Canada on TSN. It looks like the NHL Network (USA only) is carrying the bulk of the games as well, at least in the early going.

Schedule/Standings

Stats

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Stogey24

Habs and Penguins only teams without a prospect in the tourney

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Story of the Habs.... Canada gets way more chances in close, can't score, US scores on some point shots and weak goaltending (particularly the fourth goal). Also can't score on a 5 minute PP.

And like the Habs, they are without the number 1 goalie, who will play game 3.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I figured of the two hockey teams that I wanted to win today, our Junior team would have the better chance (not liking the odds of the Habs upsetting the Caps). That was a very disappointing effort.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some have suggested the defence is a strength of the Canadian team. I don't see it. Sanheim was okay today, Hicketts struggled, Fleury couldn't complete a pass to save his life at times, and Chabot was a lot more comfortable in the offensive zone than his own end. That's the top four and none of them were really impressive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't see a "strength" of this canadian team to be honest.

As far as Canada's world junior teams go, they are very, very average.

Last year was a great squad... that won the tournament despite the fact that they didn't always play at their best.

This year's team is going to need much better efforts from Strome, Marner, Fleury, etc... etc.... if they want to win. They will need their big guns to play their best or they won't beat the likes of the US, Sweden or Russia. There are good squads in this tourney and they'll need to play up to their potential to win. Playing at 95% will be a loss.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Canada and Switzerland are tied at 2 after 2. The Swiss have given the Canadians all they can handle. I still don't like Canada's defence which seems to be morphing into the Joe Hicketts show. If they were tracking ice time, I'd think he's on pace for over 30 minutes which is insanity.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This Canada team is not near as good as other years.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Still finding their way, Commandant. They're still very much in it

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Should have lowered expectations this year, BRONZE would be good!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Patience grasshoppa..as long as they improve from game to game, stay alive, keep getting their chances, they could surprise a few. Strome is dialed in. Just need others to step up somewhat. Gotta say that they've given up some lucky goals, for sure. Big test coming up vs Sweden. Switzerland was battling for their lives, and are no longer a cakewalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Still finding their way, Commandant. They're still very much in it

It's Canada. They are the superpower of the hockey world. Not being dominant against the majority of countries is an anomaly.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They are just short one good RH d-man. :nuts:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They are just short one good RH d-man. :nuts:

I don't think Juulsen would have done a whole lot, especially since McKeown, the one RD they do have, is the 7th d-man. Juulsen would have just filled that spot. The coach (Lowry) trusts Hicketts more than anyone because he has him with his WHL team and for me, that's the biggest problem on their blueline right now. Whether Juulsen is there or not, the fact that they're overplaying Hicketts that much wouldn't change.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Still finding their way, Commandant. They're still very much in it

They might grind out a win somehow, but this team is not as talented as previous editions (like last years). I said that before the tourney too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah you may be right, but it doesn't much matter how they stack up against previous teams. It's how they play this week, and right now, they're kinda hand-cuffed. Hopefully they'll grind it out, like you say

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Boy, Canada is frustrating to watch. Everyone wants to pass and they'd rather look good passing instead of scoring some dirty goals. There are no style points in this tournament. Virtanen has been a big disappointment so far. I know he was scuffling with Vancouver but I expected he'd be much more of an impact player than he has been so far.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Canada looks like shit...dominated by Sweden...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am not sure what is worse.. The brutal reffing (how many interference calls can they ignore) or the mind boggling stupid passes by the Canadians. How many passes with zero pressure were behind the player or off the mark.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Simply do not have a good 'team'. Will be lucky to hang with the Finns, but can always hope.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a hard time getting excited about a tournament when Canada is the only country on the face of the earth that gives a rat's arse about it. Just my 2 cents.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I highly doubt will be any empty seats tomorrow at Can-Finn game.

And Sweden dosent give a rat's ass about hockey?

Foolishness!

Are you really that hung-over today sir?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I highly doubt will be any empty seats tomorrow at Can-Finn game.

And Sweden dosent give a rat's ass about hockey?

Foolishness!

Are you really that hung-over today sir?

Could be...but I'm not saying other countries don't care about hockey, just about this tournament specifically. And hey, I'm not the only person to remark that Canada cares vastly more about this tourney than any other country, courtesy of TSN's decades-long promotion of it (and good for them for taking a non-entity and turning it into a big property in the domestic market). If that's changing, then that's a good thing, but the imbalance has long made me feel like we're trapped in the Tragically Hip song, 'Poets:'

Aiming at the archetypal father

Who says in such broad and tentative swipes,

'Why do you ever bother?'

OK, off for a lie-down now. ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...