Evaluation camps for the 2017 World Junior Championship Tournament are well underway in Plymouth, Michigan and six games are already in the books.
Flyers prospect Tanner Laczynski (2016, 6th rd, 169th) got on the board early with an assist in his opening game, an 8-1 rout of Finland, when he charged down the left wing and fed Jeremy Bracco (Toronto’s 2nd round pick in 2015) to give the US a 3-1 lead.
Laczynski went scoreless in his next outing, a 6-4 win over Sweden, but he posted four shots on goal bringing his tournament total to six shots in the two games.
The US trimmed its roster from 42 to 32 players with Laczynski still on the squad for the remaining games.
For Sweden, goaltender Felix Sandstrom (2015, 3rd rd, 70th) has appeared in two games thus far, going 1-1 and earning a victory in his first contest against the USA White squad making 44 saves on 47 shots. He has a 3.00 goals against average and .936 save percentage at camp.
Also starring for Sweden is defenseman David Bernhardt (2016, 7th rd, 199th), who has appeared in three games and registered Sweden’s first goal with a shot from the point through traffic vs. USA Blue squad. Sweden dropped the game, 6-4, to the US.
In Canada’s only game of the camp, Travis Konecny (2015, 1st rd, 24th) scored the lone goal and had a strong game with multiple opportunities including a breakaway early in the first period and five shots on net.
Goaltender Carter Hart and defenseman Philippe Myers didn’t see action in the first game. Canada will face off against Sweden on Friday, while a matchup with the US is slated for Saturday evening at 7 p.m. ET.
Fans wanting to get a glimpse and watch the prospects compete can catch the games on the NHL Network, who will be televising the final four games from camp taking place on Friday and Saturday.
Sweden vs Canada, 1 p.m.
Finland vs USA, 4 p.m.
Sweden vs Finland, 4 p.m.
USA vs Canada, 7 p.m.