It has been quite the week at the World Junior Championships. There have been tons of fast-paced, high-scoring hockey for fans of all countries to watch, and it does not show signs of slowing down any time soon.
Following Monday’s games, here are how the standings shape up: Brayden Point and Team Canada currently sit atop Group A with nine points, Anthony DeAngelo and the United States are second in Group A with eigh points and the Czech Republic with Dominik Masin sit fourth in Group B with two points.
Point and DeAngelo’s respective countries are on a collision course for the famous New Year’s Eve battle of North America. Both countries have been humming along quite nicely and this tilt will determine who will finish atop Group A before heading into the elimination round.
The United States and Canada play at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The game can be seen on NHL Network and streamed on NHL.com in the United States. In Canada, the game will be on TSN.
The Lightning prospects themselves have also been playing good hockey, and you can only expect them to keep improving as the tournament rolls on.
Point currently has one goal and two points through three games with Team Canada. His speed and creativity have been on display, as was demonstrated in Canada’s opening game against Slovakia. So far he has played a limited role on a deep Canadian team, but as the tournament progresses, expect to see more from Point as he continues to play in fine form.
DeAngelo has one assist through the first three games for the American squad. The mobile defender leads the team in shots from the blue line with eight attempts. His role will grow each and every game, as Team USA looks to him to provide an offensive spark from the back end in the medal round.
Masin is currently pointless on the Czech team but has been playing some strong, defensive hockey. In the Czech’s game against Denmark, Masin was usually assigned to the Danes’ top line, which included Winnipeg Jets first-rounder Nikolaj Ehlers. Masin also provides a net presence on the top power play unit. With the Czechs looking to improve their position in Group B before the medal round commences, look for Masin to help lead the way defensively.