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The tournament starts at 1:00 pm today.

 

If you're interested to follow developments, here is a link for the schedule, standings and player stats.

 

As far as the Canes are concerned, we don't have a lot of dogs in the fight.

 

Hayden Fleury didn't make the cut for Team Canada. He currently ranks only 13th in scoring for the Red Deer Rebels and 3rd for defensemen.

 

Sergey Tolchinsky (#28) is playing for mother Russia, Lucas Wallmark (#23) is in the lineup for Sweden and Alex Nedeljkovic seems to be the 3rd goalie for the US.
 

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Hmm. Fleury not making the cut kind of bums me out. Second overall Dman picked in last year's draft,  tons of potential. Hopefully future #1 dman. Still pretty young. Any idea of the age of the dmen that made it. Canada is loaded, so maybe it's not such a big deal...

 

Very interested though in the Canes that did make it.

 

I have very high hopes for Nedljkovic. Tolchininski continues to light it up, and Wallmark is an interesting choice our 4th rounder, his hockey bio reads almost word for word like Rask v.2. Wouldn't it be something if a 4th rounder and an undrafted FA end up on the big club one day.

 

On a different note, all of the buzz is McDavid vs. Eichel head to head. Other that the losing involved to get there, would be awesome if we were previewing a new Cane's forward there.

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I'm quite surprised by the Danes. Seems like their whole team has bought into playing NHL style hockey. They are quick, physical with very little respect for the Russians and are leading 2-0 after the first.

 

From what I've seen of Sergey (#28), very quick, sneaky and always trying to be open for passes. So far, the Russians seem overwhelmed and show little chemistry. Half their team looks like they took a dip in the Semin gene pool.

 

Russians score in the last minute of the 2d on a PP. Should be an interesting 3rd period.

 

Note: Someone should tell Sergey that wearing oversized uniform doesn't make him bigger.

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I was hoping for an upset by the Danes. Russia ended up tying the game then won in the shoot-out with goals from Sergey and Goldobin.

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http://www.worldjunior2015.com/en/news/den-rus/

 

"Sergei Tolchinski scored the winning goal of the shootout to give his team a 3-2 win to begin the 2015 World Junior Championship. Nikolai Goldobin also scored while both Danish players missed."

 

SMURF, SMURF, SMURF!!!

 

EDIT: oops, posted before I saw Whalers update

Edited by LakeLivin

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Disappointed not to see Fleury. Hopefully this is a minor setback and doesn't affect his confidence. He's supposed to be a character guy so hopefully he will work through it and use it as motivation.

Nice to see Tolchinsky contribute, selected to shoot first in shootout by Team Russia coaches and he buried it with a patient move.

I'll be watching to see what Wallmark brings.

Eichel looks pretty special. Great skating, vision, reach, etc., but what really impressed me was his physicality. The only thing I didn't like was his shot selection, but that is nitpicking. He was clearly the most dominant player on the ice. If we ended up with Eichel I would be pretty excited. But it's just one game so we will see, but man he has some impressive attributes.

U. S. A.

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I took a minute to research the Fleury thingI didn't find direct quotes, but a few things were a bit more reassuring given his slowish start to this year in Juniors.

 

First, I was right about the Dmen. They are all one year older with one exception, Joe Hicketts, who is technically still 2 mos. older than Fleury. 6/7 are a year older. Interesting to Murphy size detractors, Hicketts, the only 18 y/o defenseman to make the Canadian team, is 5' 8". He is a dynamic offensive d-man, which was probably a need.

 

Also Fleury was THE last cut on D. He was inches from making the team.

 

Want to feel a bit better about Fleury? Read this:

 

http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/11/5/7079907/haydn-fleury-profile-hurricanes-prospect

 

Love some insight into why Fleury's numbers are off this year, but he is still a blue chip blue line prospect.

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I took a minute to research the Fleury thingI didn't find direct quotes, but a few things were a bit more reassuring given his slowish start to this year in Juniors.

 

First, I was right about the Dmen. They are all one year older with one exception, Joe Hicketts, who is technically still 2 mos. older than Fleury. 6/7 are a year older. Interesting to Murphy size detractors, Hicketts, the only 18 y/o defenseman to make the Canadian team, is 5' 8". He is a dynamic offensive d-man, which was probably a need.

 

Also Fleury was THE last cut on D. He was inches from making the team.

 

Want to feel a bit better about Fleury? Read this:

 

http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/11/5/7079907/haydn-fleury-profile-hurricanes-prospect

 

Love some insight into why Fleury's numbers are off this year, but he is still a blue chip blue line prospect.

During the game the broadcasters said that the Canadian team was going with all-out skill rather than using "role" players. In particular they said they were looking for defensemen that could move the puck up quickly and join the play/provide offense. I don't know enough about Fleury to say if this was a factor, as I understand it Fleury is supposed to be good at a lot of things, but not great at anything so who knows.

I saw that article, it is encouraging. That is where I got the "he's supposed to be a character guy" comment in my post above. Hopefully it is true.

Good news about Wallmark, didn't get to see that game.

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I actually take it as halfway decent news that all of the slots for a guy like Fleury, were taken by guys with a year on him, but Fleury was basically the last guy in his age group cut. Defense takes longer to learn, and age is a bigger factor. The one guy in Fleury's year, that they took is an offensive PP specialist. 

 

I still think he's the real deal. May take a couple of years, but he'll get there. 

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After 2 games Wallmark has 3 points, and the exact same line 1 goal 2 assists, as Conner McDavid. Therefore, Wallmark = McDavid.

 

No?

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Tolchinsky gets pushed around, a lot.  He really is a smurf.  Just don't see that working out.

 

Well, he's still only 19yo.  If he fills in to the tune of another 10 or so lbs over the next 3 or 4 years I'm hoping he might end up like a Tyler Johnson (currently 24yo and listed at 5'9", 181lbs).  Johnson didn't hit the AHL until age 21 and full time NHL until 23.   Take a look at this picture of Johnson at 19yo; like the Smurf, he looks like he's about 15, lol.

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Tyler Johnson

 

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Tolchinsky

 

 

Obviously Tolchinsky is no lock at the NHL level, but I'm still hoping somewhere down the road . . .  

 

 

SMURF, SMURF, SMURF!!!

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If you saw the first two games, you would have a better idea of what has people excited about Eichel. The whole team looked a little off vs Slovakia, but they still carried play easily. It was Eichel's least visible game by a wide margin.

I'm really impressed with Auston Matthews (draft eligible in 2016). This kid seems to generate offense every time he touches the puck.

I don't see what the hype around Hanifin is about to this point. He seems like a decent stay at home defenseman, but people are talking about him going #3 overall. He hasn't stood out even on his own back-end, but he may be a bit younger/less experienced. He may be an exceptional player, I just haven't seen anything yet that stands out.

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Quarter Finals start today.

 

It's do or die.

 

1pm - U.S. - Russia. The winner will face Sweden/Finland (3pm

 

5pm - Slovakia - Czech Rep. The winner will face Canada/Denmark (8pm)

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Russia wins 3-2.

 

Sergey with the GWG and the game's best player award. Fasching, Butcher and Larkin honored as best players of the tourney for the US.

 

I didn't see the whole game but judging from the commentators, the US team played very undisciplined the first two periods and couldn't convert on two 5 on 3 PPs.

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I watched the game. While more penalties than not wee legit, that was a horrible officiated game. A lot of soft calls that wouldn't have been called at the pro level. That's not preparing these players for higher level of play.

Having said that, the U.S. team fascinated me. They were dominant 5 on 5. Lost their intensity on the pp. Dylan Larkin looked outstanding. Another home run by Detroit. Eichel looked great in spurts. He literally flashed by defenders at times. Themko didn't look as great as advertised. Whoever said Hanifin looked average was right.

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Agree on Eichel. Really good hands and speed but from a game perspective I was disappointed because of his extremely selfish play most of the time. Don't know if that was all him or relative inexperience, or a coaching call. He reminded me a couple of times of one-trick-pony Cole flying up on right wing, totally oblivious of team mates. 

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I didn't see any of it, but Canes prospect Lucas Wallmark had two goals in Sweden's 6-3 win over Finland. 

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