Center Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist to help lead Canada to a 5-1 victory against Switzerland in the opener of the 11th Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Monday at Zimny Stadion in Pietsany, Slovakia.
Barzal, who plays for the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League, is one of many top prospects eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft representing the six-time and defending champion at the tournament. Barzal scored an even-strength goal 10:12 into the first period to give Canada a 2-0 lead.
Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League, Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs, OHL), Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa, OHL) and Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw, OHL) also scored for Canada. Barzal, Strome, Crouse and Vande Sompel are all listed on NHL Central Scouting's Futures List of top draft-eligible prospects for 2015 from each league.