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FEATURE: Four Devils Prospects Get Medals

Four New Jersey Devils prospects are headed home from the World Junior Championship in Czech Republic with medals

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

On Sunday, Sweden defeated Finland in the bronze medal game in a 3-2 final and Canada took home the gold medal defeating Russia 4-3. 

Nikola Pasic, drafted in the seventh round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, was part of the bronze medal Swedish team, Sweden's first bronze medal since Saskatoon 2010. Pasic played 11:51 in the game with one shot on goal. 

Pasic played in all seven World Junior games for Sweden and finished with one assist. 

2020 is the first year that Sweden has medaled since 2018 when the nation finished with a silver medal, losing to Team Canada in the finals, and just their third medal in the last seven tournaments.

One record the Swede's did accomplish through this 2020 tournament is their record-setting streak of 52 preliminary-round wins.

The gold medal game featured three New Jersey Devils prospects up against one another in a rivalry game for the ages. Whenever Canada and Russia meet on an ice surface, especially with a gold medal on the line, everyone is in for quite a fight. 

Team Canada featured two Devils prospects: Ty Smith and Kevin Bahl while Russia featured a third Devils defensive prospect, Danill Mysuil. 

Both Canadian defensemen were a big part of Canada's success over the tournament. Bahl, with his big, hulking size had been used on Canada's shutdown pairing, while Ty Smith quarterbacked the second wave of the power play. Smith, one of five returning players to the tournament, wore an 'A' on his jersey and played 17:08 in the gold medal game. 

This was both Smith and Bahl's final chance at a medal at the World Juniors as 19 years olds. 

Smith was part of the Canadian squad that fell well short of expectations in 2019, a group that did not medal on home soil. But this time, Smith and his Canadian squad would not be denied.

There's a lot of thanks to go around to the Canadian penalty killers, after the man-advantage minutes favored the Russia squad 7:33 to 1:33 after the first period. 

Russia had built a 3-1 lead with eleven minutes to play before the Canadian's scored three unanswered goals to clinch the gold medal. 

Smith finished the tournament with three assists, Bahl finished with one assist and a plus-four rating. Both players played in all seven World Junior games. 

Smith will now return to Spokane to continue his WHL season as captain of the Chiefs where he has 17 points in 21 games. Bahl will return to Ottawa and rejoin the 67's, along with his OHL head coach Andre Tourigny who was an assistant coach with Team Canada. Bahl, who was acquired during the tournament by the Devils in the Taylor Hall trade with Arizona, has 20 points in 28 games for Ottawa. 

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