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Coyotes, Flyers sending seven prospects to WJC

by Adam Kimelman

The Arizona Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers lead the NHL with seven prospects each playing in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Among those taking part for the Coyotes are their past two first-round draft picks, right wing Brendan Perlini (No. 12, 2014) and center Dylan Strome (No. 3, 2015). They'll both play for Canada.

The Coyotes' first four picks from the 2014 draft will be at the WJC: Perlini; second-round picks center Ryan MacInnis (No. 43) and left wing Christian Dvorak (No. 58), who will play for the United States; and third-round pick (No. 87) right wing Anton Karlsson of Sweden.

Two Coyotes picks from the 2015 draft will be with Karlsson on Sweden, third-round pick (No. 83) right wing Jens Looke and seventh-round selection (No. 183) goaltender Erik Kallgren.

The Flyers' past three first-round picks will be at the tournament. Defenseman Travis Sanheim (No. 17, 2014) will play for Canada, as will center Travis Konecny (No. 24, 2015). Defenseman Ivan Provorov (No. 8, 2015) will play for Russia.

Two other players chosen by Philadelphia in the 2015 draft will be at the tournament: Sweden goaltender Felix Sandstrom, a third-round pick (No. 70) and Czech Republic right wing David Kase, a fifth-round selection (No. 128).

Joining Sandstrom on Sweden is Flyers 2014 fifth-round pick (No. 138) left wing Oskar Lindblom. Center Radel Fazleev, a 2014 sixth-round selection (No. 168) will play with Provorov on Russia.

The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings have six prospects at the tournament. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild each have five.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens are the only teams that won't have a player at the WJC.

In addition to the NHL-affiliated prospects, 12 players who earned A ratings from NHL Central Scouting in its November players to watch list for the 2016 NHL Draft will be taking part.

Among them are United States center Auston Matthews, the favorite to be the first player picked; United States right wing Alexander DeBrincat, who leads the Ontario Hockey League with 33 goals and is fourth with 56 points; Sweden left wing Alexander Nylander, who leads OHL rookies with 21 goals and 49 points; and Finland right wings Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi, who are key players for their teams in Liiga, Finland's top professional league.

The 2016 WJC runs Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2015 in Helsinki, Finland. Canada, the defending champion, will play in Group A in the preliminary round, along with the United States, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. Group B consists of Finland, Russia, Belarus, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

NHL Prospects at 2016 World Junior Championships
USA - Christian Dvorak, LW, London, OHL; USA - Ryan MacInnis, C, Kitchener, OHL; CAN - Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara, OHL; CAN - Dylan Strome, C, Erie, OHL; SWE - Erik Kallgren, G, Oskarshan, SWE-2; SWE - Anton Karlsson, RW, Frolunda, SWE; SWE - Jens Looke, RW, Brynas, SWE
CAN - Travis Sanheim, D, Calgary, WHL; CAN - Travis Konecny, C, Ottawa, OHL; CZE - David Kase, RW, Chomutov, CZE; RUS - Ivan Provorov, D, Brandon, WHL; RUS - Radel Fazleev, C, Calgary, WHL; SWE - Felix Sandstrom, G, Brynas, SWE; SWE - Oskar Lindblom, LW, Brynas, SWE
USA - Brandon Carlo, D, Tri-City, WHL; USA - Anders Bjork, LW, Notre Dame, H-EAST; USA - Ryan Donato, C, Harvard, H-EAST; CZE - Daniel Vladar, G, Chicago, USHL; CZE - Jakub Zboril, D, Saint John, QMJHL; SWE - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, C, Boston University, H-EAST
CAN - Joe Hicketts, D, Victoria, WHL; FIN - Vili Saarijarvi, D, Flint, OHL; RUS - Evgeny Svechnikov, RW, Cape Breton, QMJHL; SWE - Christoffer Ehn, C, Karlskoga, SWE-2; SWE - Axel Holmstrom, C, Skelleftea, SWE; SUI - Joren van Pottelberghe, G, Linkoping Jr., SWE-JR
USA: Louis Belpedio, D, Miami, NCHC; FIN - Kappo Kahkonen, G, Blues, FIN; CZE - Ales Stezka, G, Sioux Falls, USHL; RUS - Kirill Kaprizov, LW, Novokuznetsk, RUS; SWE - Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Farjestad, SWE
USA - Colin White, C, Boston College, H-EAST; CAN - Thomas Chabot, D, Saint John, QMJHL; SVK - Christian Jaros, D, Lulea, SWE; CZE - Filip Chlapik, C, Charlottetown, QMJHL; SWE - Andreas Englund, D, Djurgarden, SWE
CAN - Travis Dermott, D, Erie, OHL; CAN - Mitchell Marner, C, London, OHL; FIN - Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Toronto, AHL; SWE - William Nylander, C, Toronto, AHL; SWE - Dmytro Timashov, LW, Quebec, QMJHL
USA - Alex Nedeljkovic, G, Niagara, OHL; CAN - Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer, WHL; CAN - Roland McKeown, D, Kingston, OHL; FIN - Sebastian Aho, RW, Karpat, FIN
CAN - Samuel Montembeault, G, Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL; CAN - Lawson Crouse, LW, Kingston, OHL; FIN - Juho Lammikko, RW, Kingston, OHL; SUI - Denis Malgin, C, Zurich, SUI
SVK - Erik Cernak, D, Erie, OHL; RUS - Damir Sharipzyanov, D, Owen Sound, OHL; RUS - Alexander Dergachyov, C, St. Petersburg, RUS; SWE - Adrian Kempe, C, Ontario, AHL
FIN - Julius Nattinen, C, Barrie, OHL; SWE - Jacob Larsson, D, Frolunda, SWE; SWE - Marcus Pettersson, D, Skelleftea, SWE
CAN - Mason McDonald, G, Charlottetown, QMJHL; CAN - Brandon Hickey, D, Boston University, H-EAST; SWE - Adam Ollas Mattsson, D, Djurgarden, SWE
USA - Nick Schmaltz, C, North Dakota, NCHC; FIN - Joni Tuulola, D, HPK, FIN; SVK - Radovan Bondra, RW, Vancouver, WHL; SWE - Gustav Forsling, D, Linkoping, SWE
USA - Zachary Werenski, D, Michigan, BIG 10; USA - Sonny Milano, LW, Lake Erie, AHL; SWE - Gabriel Carlsson, D, Linkoping, SWE
CAN - Mackenzie Blackwood, G, Barrie, OHL; CAN - John Quenneville, C, Brandon, WHL; CZE - Pavel Zacha, C, Sarnia, OHL
CAN - Anthony Beauvillier, C, Shawinigan, QMJHL; CAN - Mathew Barzal, C, Seattle, WHL; SWE - Linus Soderstrom, G, Vita Hasten, SWE-2
USA - Brandon Halverson, G, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL; FIN - Aleksi Saarela, C, Assat, FIN; SVK - Adam Huska, G, Green Bay, USHL
CAN - Rourke Chartier, C, Kelowna, WHL; SUI - Timo Meier, RW, Halifax, QMJHL; SUI - Noah Rod, RW, Geneve, SUI
CAN - Brayden Point, C, Moose Jaw, WHL; CAN - Mitchell Stephens, C, Saginaw, OHL; CZE - Dominik Masin, D, Peterborough, OHL
CZE - Vitek Vanecek, G, South Carolina, ECHL; RUS - Ilya Samsonov, G, Magnitogorsk, RUS; SUI - Jonas Siegenthaler, D, Zurich, SUI
FIN - Sami Niku, D, JYP, FIN; CZE - Michael Spacek, RW, Red Deer, WHL; RUS - Pavel Kraskovsky, C, Yaroslavl, RUS
FIN - Mikko Rantanen, RW, San Antonio, AHL; RUS - Sergei Boikov, D, Drummondville, QMJHL
FIN - Niko Mikkola, D, KalPa, FIN; RUS - Dmitri Sergeev, D, Kitchener, OHL
USA - Brock Boeser, RW, North Dakota, NCHC; CAN - Jake Virtanen, RW, Vancouver, NHL
USA - William Brgen, D, St. Cloud State, NCHC
FIN - Roope Hintz, LW, HIFK,  FIN
SWE - William Lagesson, D, UMass, H-EAST
RUS - Vladislav Kamenenv, LW, Milwaukee, AHL
* Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins have no prospects attending WJC


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