The Colorado Avalanche sent nine players and three prospects to the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland from May 3-19. Five players came away with medals with Matt Hunwick, Erik Johnson, Aaron Palushaj and Paul Stastny winning bronze for the United States and Gabriel Landeskog winning gold for Sweden. Below is a look at how each player from the Avalanche organization did at the tournament.
Matt Duchene – Canada
He scored four goals at the world championship – second on the team behind Steven Stamkos (9) – and finished with five points. Duchene, who played in all eight games for Canada before they were eliminated in the quarterfinals, finished with the third highest shooting percentage on the club at 16.7 percent. He scored twice in Canada's opening game against Denmark and also had two points (goal and an assist) in a 7-1 win over Norway. Duchene added a key goal in Canada's win over Slovenia, which they won in overtime. He won 55.1 percent of his faceoffs (49-of-89) as mostly a third-line center between two Edmonton Oilers, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.
Jan Hejda – Czech Republic
The defenseman played in all eight games for the Czech Republic before the team lost in the quarterfinals to Switzerland. A second and third line defenseman for much of the tournament, Hejda finished with one assist while averaging 15:22 of ice time.
Matt Hunwick – United States
Paired with fellow Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, Hunwick finished the tournament with two goals and two assists (four points). He scored in the Americans' second game of the tournament against Latvia and again in their 5-3 loss to Russia in the preliminary round. Hunwick, who helped win a bronze medal with the club, played in all 10 games for the U.S. and led the tournament in plus/minus with a plus-9 rating. He finished tied for seventh at the world championship for the most points by a defenseman (4).
Erik Johnson – United States
Johnson played in all 10 games for the United States and finished with four points (two goals and two assists). Both of his goals came in the club's opening game of the tournament against Austria. He was partnered on defense with fellow Avalanche player Matt Hunwick. He finished tied for seventh in the tournament for points by a defenseman with four and was tied for 15th in plus/minus with a plus-5. Johnson, who helped USA to the bronze medal, led the team in penalty minutes (20).
Gabriel Landeskog – Sweden
Landeskog scored three goals in the tournament and had an assist in Sweden's gold medal game win over Switzerland. He finished tied for third on the team in goals after spending most of the tournament as a winger on the second and third scoring lines. He scored two goals on May 8 against Norway and scored the first goal in a 2-0 win over Slovenia days later. Landeskog, who finished with 18 penalty minutes, also took several faceoffs throughout the tournament.
Ryan O'Reilly – Canada
O'Reilly finished with the highest faceoff percentage at the world championship as he won 75 percent (24-of-32) of his draws. He had three points and a plus-4 rating in eight games for Canada before the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals. He scored the game's opening goal against Belarus on May 10.
Aaron Palushaj – United States
Appeared in nine games for the United States, scoring a goal and adding an assist as a primary fourth-line winger. Palushaj, who won a bronze medal with the United States, scored in the opening game of the tournament against Austria. He finished with 12 penalty minutes as well.
Paul Stastny – United States
Stastny was one of the key figures in helping Team USA to the bronze medal at the tournament. During the bronze medal game against Finland, Stastny had a goal and an assist before the United States prevailed in a shootout. He finished second in the tournament in assists (8) and points (15) and was third in goals (7). He led the team in scoring after picking up points in eight of the U.S.'s 10 games and began the tournament on a six-game point streak. Stastny picked up six points in two games against Russia at the tournament: scoring twice during a 5-3 loss in the preliminary round and having two goals and two assists during the quarterfinal matchup. He also scored in what ended up being the game-winning goal against France on May 11. The captain of the Americans, Stastny won 59.6 percent (127-of-213) of his faceoffs as the center on the club's top scoring line. His faceoff percentage was the ninth highest during the world championship. Stastny was the only United States player to be named to the all-tournament team.
Semyon Varlamov – Russia
He was part of Russia's goaltending tandem that also included Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers. Varlamov appeared in four games for Russia and started in three contests. He finished with a 2-1-0 record, a 3.59 goals-against average and a .878 save percentage. In Russia's second game of the world championship, Varlamov made 26 saves in a win over Germany – his first appearance of the tournament. He made 21 saves in Russia's 3-2 loss to Finland, but he was solid a few days later against Austria where he stopped 32 pucks and got the win. During Russia's quarterfinal matchup against the United States, he entered the game late in the second period in relief of Bryzgalov. He finished the contest with 11 saves in 21:48.
Jonas Holos – Norway
Holos was one of the top Norwegian defensemen as he played game-high minutes several times throughout the tournament. He finished with a team-high 27:54 of ice time per game and played in all seven contests for Norway.
Markus Lauridsen – Denmark
As mostly a third-line defenseman, Lauridsen finished the tournament with one assist and a minus-1 rating. The 22-year-old played in all seven games for Denmark.
Thomas Pock – Austria
Pock finished with three points (all assists), while playing in all seven games for Austria at the world championship. As a top-line defenseman for Austria, he averaged 19:55 of ice time per game, which was the second-most on the team and the most among defenders.