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Rangers Prospects Shine at 2001 World Junior Championships

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers' prospects Pavel Brendl, Jamie Lundmark and Henrik Lundqvist have led their respective countries to the semifinal round at the 2001 World Junior Championship in Russia. Brendl’s Czech Republic team will meet Lundqvist and Team Sweden, while Lundmark and Team Canada will face Finland in the tournament semifinals on January 3.

Brendl, who is making his first appearance in the tournament, currently leads all scorers with four goals and five assists for nine points in five games. The 6-0, 204-pound right wing tallied two goals in the Czech Republic’s 4-3 quarterfinal victory over Switzerland today. A native of Opocno, Czech Republic, Brendl was originally drafted as Rangers first choice, fourth overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Lundmark, making his second World Junior appearance for Canada, currently ranks tied for fifth in scoring with four goals and two assists for six points in five matches. The 6-0, 185-pound center tallied the game-winning goal for Canada in today’s 2-1 quarterfinal victory over the United States. Last season, Lundmark helped lead Canada to a bronze medal at the 2000 World Junior Championship in Sweden, registering two goals and three assists for five points in seven matches. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Lundmark was originally drafted as the Rangers’ second choice, ninth overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Lundqvist, making his first appearance in the tournament, has posted a 3-2-0 record for Sweden, along with a 2.00 goals against average along with a .923 save percentage. The 5-11, 167-pound goaltender made 27 saves in Sweden’s 3-2 upset victory over tournament-favorite Russia today. A native of Are, Sweden, Lundqvist was originally drafted as the Rangers’ seventh choice, 205th, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
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