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Five things learned from Day 2 of World Juniors

Sunday, 12.27.2015 / 5:24 PM / 2016 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Sweden forward William Nylander won't play Monday against the United States (9 a.m. ET; NHLN) because of a head injury, but a team doctor said Sunday there's hope the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect will play again at some point during the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Nylander left Sweden's 8-3 win Saturday against Switzerland at 15:37 of the first period after a check to the head by Switzerland forward Chris Egli. Egli received a game misconduct for the hit, and Sunday he received a three-game suspension from the World Junior Championship Disciplinary Panel.

"[Nylander] is walking around. He's at the hotel. Let's see how he does [Monday]," Sweden team doctor Per Adolf Bergsten told TSN on Sunday. "We'll take it day by day. Today is a rest day. He can't skate tomorrow. Hopefully he'll be back in the tournament. We have a timeline but I can't tell you what it is."

Sweden forward Alexander Nylander, William's brother and an A-rated prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, said in a video published by TSN: "He's feeling better today. Hopefully he can recover and be back as soon as possible. … Hopefully he can be back for [the quarterfinals]."

Sweden hopeful William Nylander can return to WJC

Sunday, 12.27.2015 / 11:18 AM / 2016 World Junior Championship

NHL.com

Sweden forward William Nylander won't play Monday against the United States because of a head injury, but team doctors said Sunday they have hope that the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect will play again at some point during the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, according to the Toronto Star.

Nylander left Sweden's 8-3 win Saturday against Switzerland at 15:37 of the first period after being checked to the head by Switzerland forward Chris Egli. Egli received a game misconduct for the hit, and on Sunday received a three-game suspension from the World Junior Championship Disciplinary Panel.

Sweden doctors said after the game that Nylander, the eighth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, was taken to a hospital. However, Nylander had returned from the hospital and wrote on his Twitter account, "Thanks for all the support and kind words!!"

Bruins say Pastrnak can join Czech Republic at WJC

Saturday, 12.26.2015 / 8:51 PM / 2016 World Junior Championship

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak will be made available to the Czech Republic for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, if the Bruins don't need him because of injuries, when the NHL roster freeze ends Monday, general manager Don Sweeney said Saturday.

Pastrnak, who has been out since Oct. 31 because of a nondisplaced fracture in his foot, recently completed a two-game conditioning stint with Providence of the American Hockey League.

"He is fully healthy and now we need to get him back to where he can impact our lineup," Sweeney said. "And if indeed he does join the [Czech] team on the 28th over in Finland, we think that based on last year, his experience there and rolling out of that tournament with the confidence that he had, that he'll come back to the full level that he had really had gotten to last year in impacting our lineup."

Five things learned from Day 1 of World Juniors

Saturday, 12.26.2015 / 5:08 PM / 2016 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The United States national junior team earned its first preliminary-round victory against rival Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 17 years with a 4-2 win Saturday at Helsinki Ice Hall in Finland.

Finland and Sweden also had regulation wins against Belarus and Switzerland, respectively, and Russia survived a scare from the Czech Republic in a shootout on the first day of tournament competition.

The United States received goals from defenseman Louis Belpedio, a third-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild, and Auston Matthews, an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list for the 2016 NHL Draft, late in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie. Colin White (Ottawa Senators), who was named U.S. player of the game, and defenseman Zach Werenski (Columbus Blue Jackets) also scored and goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina Hurricanes) made 25 saves, including 11 in the third.

"[The win] gives us a feather in our cap because we've beaten Canada but now we have to settle in and take care of the other teams," U.S. coach Ron Wilson told NHL Network. "For me, personally, it's the first game I've won in four years and that means a lot actually."

Late goals lead U.S. past Canada to open 2016 WJC

Saturday, 12.26.2015 / 4:42 PM / 2016 World Junior Championship

Canadian Press

HELSINKI -- Louis Belpedio, a Minnesota Wild draft choice, scored the go-ahead goal and Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, added an insurance goal late in the third period as the United States beat Canada 4-2 on Saturday in each team's first preliminary game of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Colin White (Ottawa Senators) and Zach Werenski (Columbus Blue Jackets) also scored for the United States (1-0-0), while Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina Hurricanes) made 25 saves for the win.

Matt Barzal (New York Islanders) and Dylan Strome (Arizona Coyotes) supplied the offense as Canada (0-1-0) began its defense of the 2015 World Junior title. Mason McDonald (Calgary Flames) stopped 21 shots in net.

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