William Nylander – Sweden
The Maple Leafs 2014 first round draft choice continues to come up big for Sweden. On Monday, Nylander registered two assists. The points came while his team was trailing Russia by a score of 2-1. Nylander won seven of his eight faceoffs, better than any other centre in the game. The win almost guarantees a first place spot for the Swedes in group ‘B’. Only consecutive regulation wins from Switzerland in their final two games will knock the Swedes out of first.
"I think we've got a little ways to go," said Nylander, refusing to be satisfied with where they stand. "We're still not at our top level yet. We'll get there as the playoff round starts."
Sweden beat Russia 3-2.
Sweden takes on Switzerland on Wednesday, to close out round-robin play.
Rinat Valiev – Russia
Valiev was solid defensively against Sweden on Monday. He didn’t make many mistakes and helped keep Sweden to their lowest goal tally of the entire tournament at three. The Russians have been solid defensively, matching just five goals allowed through three games. Still, the Russian is hoping the offence can come earlier in games.
"We're always starting slowly and then second period better and then third period (even) better,” Valiev said following the 3-2 loss to Sweden.
Russia finishes up the group stages against the Czech Republic.
The Leafs centre continues to be efficient in the faceoff circle. Gauthier won seven of 11 draws, more than any other centre on the team. His play on the fourth-line has been key in shutting down the opposition. The opponents of Canada have scored just once in three games. Canada beat Finland 4-1.
Canada wraps up round robin action with their toughest challenge yet, the United States. The Americans have yet to lose a game in the tournament.