After the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a postponement on the finish of December, the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship event is now effectively underway at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
Set to run till the gold medal recreation on Aug. 20, the worldwide event options 10 groups, with seven Rangers prospects sprinkled all through.
America is in Group B for the preliminary spherical, which runs from Tuesday by Aug. 22, together with Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Group A consists of Canada, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Latvia, which changed Russia after the nation was banned as a consequence of its invasion of Ukraine.
The highest 4 groups in every group will advance to the quarterfinals, that are set to start on Aug. 17, earlier than the semifinals start two days later. The championship and third-place video games will probably be held on Aug. 20. America is trying to defend its 2021 World Junior title after dethroning Canada with a 2-0 victory within the championship recreation. The final workforce to win consecutive tournaments was Canada, which gained 5 straight from 2005-09.
The World Junior Championship is a primary alternative for prospects to showcase themselves, and the Rangers have a number of to look out for within the coming weeks.
Brett Berard (proper) is one among seven Rangers prospects taking part in within the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship event. AP
LW Brett Berard: After turning heads on the 2021 World Juniors, with a aim and 4 assists in seven video games to assist propel the U.S. to its first-place end, Berard has a tricky act to observe on this event. However at growth camp final month, the 19-year-old sounded rejuvenated by the chance to compete on the worldwide stage as soon as once more after what he thought was going to be his final time was minimize brief.
Berard has skated on the left wing of the third line.
LW Will Cuylle: In his first World Junior event (he participated again in December, earlier than the postponement), Cuylle is charged with filling a job for Staff Canada just like the one he might discover himself in with the Rangers sooner or later this upcoming season. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder stated he hopes to make a big effect on the event and be a go-to participant for Staff Canada. He was already named a participant of the sport throughout Canada’s 4-3 win over Sweden in a preliminary matchup earlier this week.
Cuylle skated on the left wing of the fourth line subsequent to fellow Rangers prospect Brennan Othman in Canada’s 11-1 thumping of Slovakia on Thursday. He chipped in a aim, an help and two pictures.
G Dylan Garand: After a stellar season within the Western Hockey League with the Kamloops Blazers, Garand is a person on a mission on the World Juniors. He stopped all 15 pictures he confronted in Canada’s 4-3 exhibition win over Sweden. It appeared as if Canada’s No. 1 goalie spot was Garand’s lose, however the CHL Goalie of the Yr has been nothing however constant.
Garand, whose entry-level contract with the Rangers begins this upcoming season, has a chance to additional set up himself as their prime goaltending prospect. He made 22 saves on Thursday.
LW Brennan Othmann: In contrast to Cuylle and Garand, Othmann is new to Staff Canada. After the 97-point season he posted within the Ontario Hockey League final season, nonetheless, Othmann was a no brainer addition. The 19-year-old was a wholesome scratch in Canada’s 5-2 win over Latvia on Wednesday, presumably because of the two penalties he took throughout the Sweden recreation.
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Othmann, who can solely be assigned both again to the Ontario Hockey League or to the Rangers’ opening-night roster after coaching camp subsequent month, then placed on a present within the type of three factors (one aim, two assists) in Canada’s lopsided win over Slovakia.
RW Jaroslav Chmelar: After he was one of many closing cuts earlier than the ultimately postponed event in December, Chmelar turned the primary Ranger to make the Czechia workforce since Filip Chytil in 2018. The large-bodied 19-year-old skated on the second line in his workforce’s pre-tournament finale. He additionally posted an help in a 6-3 exhibition win over Canada.
Chmelar, who is predicted to play for Windfall Faculty subsequent season, skated on the second line and scored a aim in Czechia’s 4-3 shootout loss to Finland on Thursday.
RW Kalle Vaisanen: Along with a powerful 17 video games with TPS Turku below 20 workforce of Finland’s SM-liiga, recording eight objectives and 12 assists, Vaisanen secured a spot on the TPS males’s workforce within the Finnish Liiga this previous season.
Vaisanen skated on the second line for Staff Finland.
RW Adam Sykora: As one among solely six gamers on this event to have performed within the males’s World Championship already, Sykora is taking part in some main minutes and serving as an alternate captain for Staff Slovakia. The high-energy winger, who signed a three-year, entry-level take care of the Rangers on the final day of growth camp final month, is actually a participant to observe.
Sykora skated on the best wing of the second line and scored to tie Slovakia’s matchup with Latvia 1-1 on Friday.