Capitals prospects Oskar Magnusson (Sweden) and Haakon Hanelt (Germany) will represent their native countries at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, which begins today in Edmonton. Magnusson and Hanelt, who attended the Capitals' Development Camp last month, are participating in their first World Junior Championship.
Magnusson spent the 2021-22 season with AIK in HockeyAllsvenskan (Sweden-2), where he recorded 11 points (5g, 6a) in 41 games. Additionally, Magnusson recorded one assist in one regular season game and five points (3g, 2a) in six playoff games with the AIK Jr. team. The 5'10", 165-pound forward appeared in two games for Sweden at the originally scheduled 2022 World Junior Championship last December prior to the tournament's cancellation. Magnusson has played in 46 games with Sweden at the international junior level, recording 19 points (8g, 11a). The Capitals selected Magnusson in the seventh round, 211th overall, in the 2020 NHL Draft.
Hanelt, the Capitals' fifth-round choice, 151st overall, in the 2021 NHL Draft, recorded 10 points (2g, 8a) in 16 regular season games and two goals in six playoff games with the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) during the 2021-22 season. The 6'1", 189-pound forward was limited to 16 regular season games due to a shoulder injury, causing him to miss the original iteration of the tournament last December. In 30 games with Germany at the international junior level, Hanelt has recorded 18 points (7g, 11a).
Germany opens their tournament at 10 p.m. ET tonight vs. the United States, while Sweden begins play tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET vs. Switzerland. The full schedule for the tournament can be found here, with all games airing on NHL Network.
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