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by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
NashvillePredators.com will cover all the action from this year's World Junior Championships , which will run from Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Ottawa, Ontario, with special emphasis on the Predators prospects participating in the tournament.


This year the Preds have four prospects participating in the World Juniors, representing three different countries. Nashville's 2007 first round pick, Jonathon Blum, will captain Team USA, while 2008 first round picks Colin Wilson (USA) and Chet Pickard (Canada) and '08 seventh round pick Jani Lajunen (Finland) will also play in the tournament.

Check below for updates on each prospect's progress throughout the tournament.

Jonathon Blum (USA)
6 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 18 shots on goal
Preliminary Round
Dec. 26 Germany W, 8-2
TV replay at 11 am CT on Dec. 27
0-0-0, +3,
4 shots on goal
Dec. 28 Czech Republic W, 4-3
TV replay at 1 pm CT on Dec. 29
0-1-1, -1,
0 shots on goal
Dec. 30 Kazakhstan W, 12-0
0-0-0, E, 1 shot
Dec. 31 Canada L, 4-7 1-0-1, -2, 3 shots,
goal tied game 4-4
Medal Round
Jan. 2 Quarterfinals
vs. Slovakia
L, 3-5 1-1-2, E,
game-high 6 shots
Jan. 4 5th Place Game W, 3-2 (OT) 0-0-0, +1, 4 shots


Jani Lajunen (Finland)
6 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 6 shots on goal, 53.5% Faceoff %
Preliminary Round
Dec. 26 Sweden L, 1-3
0-0-0, -1, 1 shot
Dec. 28 Russia L, 2-5 1-0-1, -1, 1 shot
Dec. 30 Latvia W, 5-1
0-0-0, E, 2 shots
Dec. 31 Slovakia L, 2-3 (SO) 0-0-0, E, 1 shot
Relegation Round
Jan. 3 Kazakhstan  W, 7-1 0-0-0, E, 0 shot
Jan. 4 Germany  W, 3-1 0-0-0, E, 1 shot


Chet Pickard (Canada) 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0.50 GAA, .958 SV%, 1 SHO
Preliminary Round
Dec. 26 Czech Republic W, 8-1
TV replay at 1 pm CT on Dec. 27
DNP
Dec. 28 Kazakhstan W, 15-0 W, 0GA-11SV, 60 Mins
Dec. 29 Germany W, 5-1
TV replay at 1 pm CT on Dec. 30
W, 1GA-12SV, 60 Mins
Dec. 31 USA W, 7-4 DNP
Medal Round
Jan. 3 Semifinal vs. Russia W, 6-5 DNP
Jan. 5 Gold Medal vs.
Sweden
NHL Network  


Colin Wilson (USA)
6 GP, 3-6-9, E, 25 shots
Preliminary Round
Dec. 26 Germany W, 8-2
TV replay at 11 am CT on Dec. 27
1-2-3, +1, 4 shots;
scored game's 1st goal
Dec. 28 Czech Republic W, 4-3
TV replay at 1 pm CT on Dec. 29
0-1-1, -1,
3 shots
Dec. 30 Kazakhstan W, 12-0
2-0-2, +3, 5 shots
Dec. 31 Canada L, 4-7 0-0-0, -3, 5 shots,
USA Player of the Game
Medal Round
Jan. 2 Quarterfinals
vs. Slovakia
L, 3-5 0-2-2, -1, 4 shots

Jan. 4 5th Place Game W, 3-2 (OT)  0-1-1, +1, 4 shots
assisted on OT goal

* all times listed as Central Time Zone


World Junior Championships News & Notes:
Preds 2008 second round pick Roman Josi participated for Switzerland in the Under-20 Division I-A World Junior Tournament, scoring 3 goals and 5 points in 5 games with a +10 plus/minus rating and 15 shots on goal to lead Switzerland to a 5-0 record and promotion into the top division for next year’s World Junior Championships. Josi also added the game-winning goal with 3:09 left in the third period of Switzerland’s 2-1 win over second-place Belarus in the final game of the tournament, to secure Switzerland’s promotion next year. For his performance, Josi was named the Best Defenseman of the Tournament by the Tournament Directorate.

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