Five Carolina Hurricanes prospects competed in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.
Though none took home a medal - the three Finns came closest but were narrowly defeated by the Swedes in overtime of the bronze medal game - some strong performances were on display by the hopeful Canes of tomorrow.
Canes Director of Player Personnel Darren Yorke was in Czech Republic for the tournament. He joined episode 119 of CanesCast on Monday to offer his insights (interview begins at 25:00 mark), and a breakdown of each prospect's performance is below.
Dominik Bokk (Germany): 8 points (6g, 2a) in seven games
Forward Dominik Bokk, who the Hurricanes acquired along with Joel Edmundson from St. Louis in September, finished the tournament as the top player for Germany, as selected by the coaches. He led his team in goals (6) and points (8) in seven games.
"Dominik played well. For him, it was great to have some success," said Darren Yorke, the Canes Director of Player Personnel, who was in Czech Republic for the tournament. "His assets were there for everyone to see in terms of the high-end skill, vision, a great shot. He can really make plays that few players can see."
Patrik Puistola (Finland): 8 points (5g, 3a) in seven games
Forward Patrik Puistola, selected by the Canes in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft, led Finland in goals (5) and ranked second in points (8) in seven games. Puistola, named one of the three best players for his team, ranked tied for first on the team in power-play goals (2) and paced the Finns in shots on goal (24).
"He's got such a great ability in front of the net to give himself space," Yorke said. "He's so dangerous in front of the net. They played him with Kristian Tanus, and him and Kristian have such unique chemistry. They were able to find one another, and it really helped drive their offense."
Anttoni Honka (Finland): 2 points (1g, 1a) in seven games
Defenseman Anttoni Honka, also a third-round selection (83rd overall) for the Canes in the 2019 NHL Draft, finished the tournament with a power-play goal, two points and a plus-1 rating.
"I like to play with the puck and skate with the puck. Offensive D-man," he self-scouted himself at the draft. "Try to be good on the power play."
Lenni Killinen (Finland): 2 points (2a) in seven games
Forward Lenni Killinen, selected by the Canes in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft, recorded two assists in seven games with Finland.
Jack Drury (United States): 2 points (1g, 1a) in five games
Forward Jack Drury, selected by the Canes in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft, posted a goal and an assist in five tournament games with Team USA, who didn't medal for the first time in five years.
"I think Jack's game grew from last year to this year in the tournament, and some of that had to do with opportunity," Yorke said. "The U.S. team trusted Jack in every faceoff situation, and that's what he does well. Jack is an extremely smart player. He does a lot of the little things well."