Every year, the Junior World Championship brings high-skill and high-skill hockey, featuring some of the world's top 20-year-old players. Most of the best players you see have already been recruited to the NHL, as this is primarily a 19-year-old tournament, but for younger players who have not heard their name on the draft floor yet, to lift their games against the biggest competition in front of the NHL scouts.
Here is a more detailed analysis of the top players eligible for the draft that will appear in this year's tournament.
Player name, pos. (Sportsnet NHL 2019 Top-31 Prospect Ranking: December)
Brett Leason, W (30) – A 19-year-old who has twice been defeated in the NHL draft, Leason made a meteoric rise in the 2019 draft with his extremely strong start to the Western Hockey League. On the scoreboard of 30 consecutive start-a-season contests, Leason scored more points (64) in his first 31 games this year than in his first 125 of his career (51). Leason's trajectory is strangely similar to Pittsburgh Penguins and former Team Canada World middleweight Tanner Pearson, who finished in 30th place in 2012 for the Los Angeles Kings after he was also approved in two years.
Jack Hughes, C (1) – All eyes will be on the overall choice of No. 1 consensus. His electrifying hands, ability to make plays and handiwork can make the American center one of the most dominant players in the 2019 World Juniors, although they are only 17 years old. If you have not met him yet, prepare yourself, because he will not need any more presentations after this tournament.
Spencer Knight, G (28) – Probably the best goalie available in this year's draft team, the American's strong 6-foot-3 position play and calm at the age of 17 drew the attention of NHL scouts throughout the championship. The only goalkeeper currently designed to be taken in the first round, Knight will probably backup Cayden Primeau's seventh round of the Montreal Canadiens 2017 on the American network.
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Kaapo Kakko, W (2) – The 1.80m high right wing continues the Finnish trend of producing high-level talents that are chosen early in the draft night. The 17-year-old is a few years younger than the rest of his TPS Turku team-mates, and is already competing against men in the Finnish Liiga – similar to the path the more recent Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Patrik Laine, Jesse Puljujarvi, Miro Heiskanen and Mikko Rantanen took it. Kakko has very fast hands, a great structure to protect the disc and stands out in reading the game offensively.
Philip Broberg, D (17) – Famed for its skating ability, this 6-foot-3 Swedish defender is the recipient of a Timothy Liljegren injury that will keep the Toronto Maple Leafs out of the tournament this year. Although the defeat of Liljegren is undoubtedly a success for this Swedish team, Broberg's ability to break the puck in the back end will help to set the pace of his team's attack, which may be enough to fill the void of Liljegren. defensive group
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Mads Sogaard, G (disorderly) This great goalkeeper will be difficult for the scouts to lose. Overtaking others at 6-foot-7, Sogaard has the ability to steal games for Denmark as he has shown several times this season for Medicine Hat Tigers, posting a fantastic 2.39 GAA and 931 SP in his first season at WHL . . He always has a tendency to be a goalie who has a farewell party at the WJC, and Sogaard will have ample opportunity to shine on a weaker Danish team.