Tis the season for hockey. After a great start to the NHL season, the World Junior Championships are upon us. This year’s tournament will feature games in both Toronto and Montréal with the medal round taking place in Toronto.
This edition of the World Juniors will feature many prominent NHL prospects, such as 2015 draft eligible phenoms Connor McDavid (Canada) and Jack Eichel (USA). There will also be a few big name Lightning prospects that will be competing in the tournament for various countries.
Games can be seen on NHL Network in the United States and on TSN in Canada.
As you’re watching the games and enjoying a nice cup of hot cocoa, here is who to watch for from the Bolts:
Brayden Point – Canada
The Lightning selected center Brayden Point in the third round, 79th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Calgary, Alberta, native is in his fourth season with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. Point was named the captain of the Warriors prior to the start of this season. He has responded well to the extra pressure, registering 17 goals and 44 points in 29 games before leaving to attend Team Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp. He is seen as a creative offensive player, who pushes the pace of the game.
Anthony DeAngelo – USA
The Lightning acquired defenseman Anthony DeAngelo in the first round, 19th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Sewell, New Jersey, native is in his fourth season with the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League. He is currently second on the Sting for points with 10 goals and 36 points in 28 games. He is the only first round draft pick on defense at the American World Junior Selection Camp. DeAngelo is seen as a dynamic puck-rushing defenseman who can jump up and join rushes. He can create offensively while still being reliable defensively thanks to his speed.
Dominik Masin – Czech Republic
The Lightning acquired defenseman Dominik Masin in the second round, 35th overall, at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Mestec Kralove, Czech Republic, native is in his first season with the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League. Through 27 games he has scored five goals and 13 points. Petes head coach Jody Hully said that Masin is a strong skater who uses his mobility to help chip-in offensively while also allowing for him to be in the proper position defensively. Masin recently served as the captain for the Czech U-18 national team, so he figures to play a prominent role for the team in this tournament.