Evaluation camps for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships wrapped up this past weekend in Plymouth, Michigan with a pair of rivalry games on Saturday.
In the first matchup, Sweden took on Finland and it was a closely contested game that saw the Swedes come out on top, 3-2, in a shootout.
Tied 2-2 through the first two periods, Sweden outshot Finland by a 15-5 margin through the third and overtime periods. The shootout saw the first seven players stopped, but forward Ek Joel Eriksson, Minnesota Wild’s 1st round (15th overall) pick in 2015, ended the game with the eighth shot.
Flyers defense prospect David Bernhardt, who was selected in this year’s Draft in Buffalo, tallied the first goal for Sweden. He finished the tournament with two goals on three shots in five games.
Goaltending prospect, Felix Sandstrom, did not see action in the finale, but finished with a perfect 2-0-0 record, a 2.00 goals-against average and an impressive .953 save percentage.
The camp finale saw the US take on Canada, and despite being outshot by the Canadians early on, they got out to a 4-0 lead and eventually took home a 5-1 victory.
The lone US representative from the Flyers was Tanner Laczynski, who went scoreless in his last game, but appeared in four contests and recorded one assist to go along with nine shots on goal. Laczynski is committed to Ohio State for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
Both Carter Hart and Travis Konecny did not play in the final game for Canada and appeared in just one game throughout camp. Konecny scored the lone goal for Canada in his only outing, a 2-1 loss in overtime to Finland. Hart stopped 16 of 20 shots in his debut, playing 53:10 in Canada’s 5-1 loss to Sweden.
Defenseman Philippe Myers, who had a breakthrough season in 2015-16 with the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, did not participate in the games but will be eligible for Team Canada in December when the World Championship Tournament begins on Dec. 26 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto and the Bell Centre in Montreal.
LOOKING AHEAD TO DECEMBER
The annual IIHF World Junior Championships will be hosted at the same venues like at the 2015 World Juniors but with reversed roles for Montreal and Toronto.
In the Preliminary Round (December 26-31), Toronto will host the group consisting of Russia, the United States, Canada, Slovakia and Latvia that will conclude with the USA-Canada New Year’s Eve game. Montreal will host Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Switzerland in the Preliminary Round.
Toronto will also host two quarterfinal games while Montreal will be the venue for the two other quarterfinal games – including Canada’s quarterfinal game (pending qualification). Montreal will also host both semifinals, the medal games and the best-of-three relegation round.
The Flyers had seven draft picks compete in the World Juniors last year for five countries. It was the most in franchise history, and tied for the most of any team in the NHL (Arizona Coyotes).
Ivan Provorov and Radel Fazleev took home silver medals with Russia marking the fourth consecutive year that a Flyers defense prospect has earned a medal:
2016 - Russia: Ivan Provorov, Silver
2015 - Canada: Sam Morin, Gold
2014 - Sweden: Robert Hagg, Silver
2013 - USA: Shayne Gostisbehere, Gold