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Top 10 - Best performances at the World Juniors

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

1. Shayne Corson – Canada (1986)

After taking home gold in his first appearance at the tournament, Shayne Corson had the honor of captaining Team Canada in his second outing at the World Junior Hockey Championships. Flanked by Jim Sandlak and Joe Murphy, Corson finished as the tournament’s point-leader with seven goals and seven assists under his belt, while also being named to the All-Star team. The Canadiens’ second draft pick in 1984 capped off the tourney by adding a silver medal to his collection.

2. Carey Price – Canada (2007)

During his only showing at the WJC in 2007, Carey Price went a long way towards proving the Canadiens made the right choice when they selected him as the fifth-overall pick in 2005. A wall during Canada’s semifinal shootout with the United States, Price stepped his game up even further in the finals against Russia to round out a flawless tournament. Posting a record of six wins in as many games along with a sparkling 1.14 goals-against average and two shutouts, Price was rewarded with a spot on the All-Star team, the title of the tournament’s best goaltender, as well as the tournament’s most valuable player.

3. P.K. Subban – Canadiens (2009)

After tasting gold in the Czech Republic in 2008, P.K. Subban was hungry for more when he suited back up for another outing at the World Juniors in 2009. With the tournament taking place on Canadian ice, a clearly motivated Subban was all over the scoresheet, picking up three goals and six assists – a high among defensemen at the tourney. Not only did Subban help Canada claim their fifth consecutive gold medal, but his strong play also earned him a nomination to the tournament All-Star team.

4. Alexander Perezhogin – Russia (2003)

After not making much of a splash at the World Juniors in 2002, Alexander Perezhogin returned more determined than ever, becoming a vital piece of the puzzle for Russia as they captured their second consecutive goal medal at the tournament in 2003. By the time the dust cleared, the Canadiens’ second draft pick in 2001 had racked up nine points – with two of them coming in the final game against Canada – to finish the competition sixth in scoring.

5. John LeClair – United States (1989)

In his second appearance at the World Juniors, held in Alaska in 1989, John LeClair turned a lot of heads as part of what would soon be recognized as one of the most productive lines in tournament history. Playing alongside the likes of Mike Modano and Jeremy Roenick, the Canadiens’ second pick in 1987 put up six goals and four assists to contribute to his line’s tournament tally of 41 points. It would rank as the fifth-highest total of any line in the competition’s history.

6. Patrice Brisebois – Canada (1991)

A defensive pillar on Team Canada’s youthful 1991 squad, Patrice Brisebois was back in veteran form after helping his country win gold in Finland in 1990. In his second appearance in the tournament, this time taking place in Saskatoon, the Habs’ second pick in 1989 closed out the competition ranking third on his team in points, behind only Eric Lindros and Mike Craig, to help lead Canada to another gold medal finish.

7. Saku Koivu – Finland (1994)

With Finland closing out the tournament in fourth place, he may not have gotten his country onto the podium, but Saku Koivu still managed to make a name for himself as one of the most potent forwards in the competition. Logging three goals and six assists, the Canadiens’ first-round pick in 1993 wrapped up the World Juniors sitting sixth place on the tournament scoring ladder.

8. Valeri Bure – Russia (1994)

Under pressure to reproduce the exploits of his famous brother Pavel, the best sharpshooter in the history of the World Juniors, Valeri Bure took advantage of his time at the 1994 edition of the tournament to prove to the world there was another Bure to watch out for. The Canadiens’ second choice in 1992, Bure logged five goals and three assists to lead the Russian squad in points, earning himself a place on the tournament All-Star team while helping his country to a third-place finish.

9. Jose Theodore – Canada (1996)

As part of a goaltending duo with Marc Denis, Jose Theodore turned in a near flawless performance when the tournament was held in Boston in 1996. The Canadiens’ second pick in 1994 racked up wins in each of the four games he started, posting a goals-against average of 1.50. In addition to finishing the World Juniors with a goal medal around his neck, Theodore was also named the tournament’s best goaltender and earned a spot on the All-Star team.

10. Alex Galchenyuk - USA (2013)

The 2012-13 season was an extraordinary one for Alex Galchenyuk, who started the year with the Sarnia Stings, spent the holidays with Team USA at the World Junior Championships, and ended the season with a full-time stay in Montreal. During the annual tournament held in Ufa, Russia, Galchenyuk amassed two goals, six assists and a gold medal right before joining the Canadiens in January.

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