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WJSS UPDATE: Two Games remain

Flyers contributor sets up the last two games of the showcase and their significance

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer / philadelphiaflyers.com

With two games apiece remaining for the four national teams at the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase, every team has already tasted defeat at least once and every team holds at least one victory.  

Including the split-squad preliminary phase of the tournament (featured "USA Blue" and "USA White" squads) but excluding the USA Blue vs. USA White scrimmage that opened the event, Team USA's representatives have gone 3-2-1 to date (USA Blue went 2-0-0, USA White was 0-1-1, the combined USA roster is 1-1-0). Team Canada is 1-1-0. Team Sweden is 1-2-0. Team Finland is 1-2-0.

Flyers 2018 first-round pick Joel Farabee, as with all of the Team USA returnees from last year's World Junior Championship roster, was given the day off on Wednesday. Team USA blanked Sweden, 6-0. Thus far, Farabee has scored a pair of goals and posted three points in three games. He did not record a point in Team USA's 4-1 loss to Canada on Tuesday, but was one of the Americans' most effective forwards.

Flyers 2019 first-round pick Cam York has played very well thus far after graduating from the US National Team Development Program to begin his push for a spot on the Under-20 team for the next World Junior Championships. While his power play ability draws much of the attention, it is York's two-way smarts, poise and two-way smarts that have stood out. He played perhaps his strongest defensive game in the victory over Sweden. Offensively, York has one goal and one assist to date. 

Flyers 2019 second-round pick Bobby Brink has played into some tough luck offensively. He has been victimized by a couple of ten-bell saves, and has one assist (on a York goal) to show for his three games played to date. Brink has shown the highly competitive "mighty mite" streak to his game that made him a standout at the USHL level last season in addition to posting gaudy offensive stats. Brink's first-stride explosiveness still needs work but he is good on his edges. 

Team Sweden defenseman Adam Ginning, who earned a spot in last year's WJC, is a shoo-in to return for the Junior Crowns (barring injury) come late December. The Flyers' 2018 second-round pick, who is primarily known as a defensive minded defenseman with some physicality to his game and decent wheels on a sturdy frame, has posted six shots on goal, taken one minor penalty and is minus-one to date. 

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