Rinat Valiev – Russia
Valiev played a crucial role in shutting down an upstart Switzerland squad. After the Swiss opened with a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic, the Russians brought them down to earth with a 7-0 victory. The Russian defenceman didn’t get in on the offence, but had a hand in keeping the Swiss off the scoresheet when they tried to mount a comeback. Valiev finished with no points, one shot on goal and two penalty minutes.
Leafs prospects go head-to-head as Russia takes on William Nylander and Sweden on Monday.
Frederik Gauthier – Canada and William Nylander – Sweden
Both players had an off day as their respective countries shared the same off day. Both teams are perfect so far, having grabbed a maximum six points through two games.
Gauthier and team Canada take on Finland while Nylander takes on Russia, who are coming off a blowout victory over Switzerland.