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Players to watch during Monday's final between Canada and Sweden @NHLdotcom

OTTAWA - A quick look at Monday's final of the world junior hockey championship between Canada and Sweden:



Dustin Tokarski - Canada wins this tournament because its goaltenders make the saves they should and even ones they shouldn't. Don't put teammates in a position where they have to score six goals to win.

John Tavares - Canada's best scorer and playmaker must be that in the gold-medal game.

Evander Kane/Patrice Cormier/Stefan Della Rovere - Canada's checking line has to find a way to shut down Sweden's big guns without ending up in the penalty box.


Victor Hedman - Defenceman is considered Tavares's rival to go first overall in the NHL draft in June. The final is a chance to compare and contrast his NHL potential with the Canadian's.

Mikael Backlund - First-round draft pick of the Calgary Flames scores momentum-swinging goals for his country in clutch situations and in spectacular style.

Magnus Svensson Paajarvi - Dynamic and talented 17-year-old forward beats defencemen to go one-on-one with goaltenders.


Canada: Swedes are methodical breaking out of their own zone. Forecheck and pressure to hurry them and force turnovers. Revive power play that was dominant before semifinal.

Sweden: Canada's defence has been porous under pressure. Use speed and passing skills to pick it apart.

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