CALGARY, AB -- Johnny Gaudreau wasted little time introducing himself to the World.
In his first game at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, the 20-year-old reigning Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner recorded a goal and two assists in 17:28 of ice time in the United States’ 6-1 win over Belarus on Friday.
Sven Baertschi’s debut for Switzerland was less favourable, however.
The 21-year-old played 7:05 through two periods in Switzerland's 5-0 loss to Russia before leaving the game with an upper body injury. No immediate update on Baertschi’s status is available.
Sean Monahan, the third of three Calgary Flames youngsters to make their debut at the Worlds on Friday, failed to record a point in 3:01 of action in Canada’s shocking 3-2 shootout loss to France.
Though the 19-year-old didn’t see much in the way of action during the game, he did take Canada’s second shootout attempt but was denied by former NHL journeyman goaltender Cristobal Huet.
Jiri Hudler wasted little time making immediate impact in his third World Championship tournament for the Czech Republic, recording an assist on Ondrej Nemec’s goal 6:24 into the first period. The goal helped power the Czechs to a 3-2 win over Slovakia.
In 18 career games at the tournament, Hudler has six goals and 12 points.
Sweden, featuring Flames pivot Mikael Backlund, will play their first game of the tournament Saturday.