William Nylander - Sweden
The Maple Leafs first round pick from last year’s draft continues to impress, improving his point total to nine, with a pair of assists over Scandinavian rivals Finland. Nylander’s effort earned him Sweden’s ‘Player of the Game’ status. Upon picking up his reward at centre ice, he was greeted with chants of “Go Leafs Go”.
“I think it’s amazing to see how big hockey is here,” said Nylander. “It just gives you a special feeling when you hear it.”
Sweden deafted Finland 6-3, a fitting revenge after Finland defeated the Swedes in last year’s gold medal game.
Sweden awaits Rinat Valiev and the Russians on Sunday in a semifinal match.
Frederik Gauthier – Canada
The Leafs prospect got in on the offence with an assist on one of many Canadian goals as the host nation blanked Denmark 8-0. Gauthier wasn’t out of place, and his mettle will be tested for Canada in the semifinals and final.
Canada takes on Slovakia in a semifinal on Sunday.
The Maple Leafs defensive prospect tallied just one shot on goal, but was a workhorse for the Russians on the penalty-kill. Valiev was instrumental in keeping the United States to two goals, as they upset the United States to advance to the semifinals. Valiev finished with two penalty minutes and one shot on goal.
Russia takes on William Nylander and the Swedes on Sunday.