After Canada, Sweden and Russia all had day five off to rest and practice, they were back in action on Wednesday.
William Nylander – Sweden
The Leafs’ first round pick in the 2014 closed out round robin action with his best performance thus far. Nylander picked up three assists as Sweden beat Switzerland 5-1. Sweden picked up a perfect 12 points in four games to finish first in Group B action. Nylander has seven points (two goals, five assists) through four games and has been key to Sweden’s depth up front. He has a good head on his shoulder and is not complacent with the fact that his team finished first in group action.
A quarterfinal matchup against geographical rivals Finland.
Rinat Valiev – Russia
The Leafs prospect reflected his team as the Russians fell to the Czech Republic 4-1. The Czechs played desperate hockey, as they needed points to ensure avoiding the relegation round. Overall, Valiev has been a solid shutdown defenceman for Russia.
The Russians will take on the United States in a quarterfinal match.
Frederik Gauthier – Canada
Gauthier won eight of 14 faceoffs and continues to provide Canada with great two-way depth. Gauthier’s faceoff proficiency has been well over 50% for all of Canada’s round robin games. Canada beat the United States 5-3 to join Sweden as the only teams with a maximum 12 points in round robin play.
Canada shifts over to Toronto for the knockout stages as they take on Denmark in the quarterfinals. Denmark is on high after coming off their very first win as a nation at the Under-20 level.