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WJC 2016 Recap: White wins Bronze

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens had 5 prospects representing their countries at the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship in Helsinki, Finland and here's a recap of how their tournaments ended...

Colin White, selected 21st overall by the Sens in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, continued his strong play this year by helping to salvage Team USA's tournament and claim a Bronze medal at the event with an 8-3 win over Team Sweden. White finished with 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 7 games and spent the majority of the tournament playing on the American's top line with 2016 top prospects Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk.

Sens Assistant GM Pierre Dorion was a guest on TSN 1200's "In The Box" yesterday and had this to say about White's play...

He competes. He drives to the net and he makes plays in all areas of the offensive zone or coming through the neutral zone. He’s just a solid, reliable two-way guy. I think his skill and sense are really underrated for what he can accomplish so he’s been a pleasant surprise for us too...especially doing it as an 18-year old.

The freshman now heads back to Boston College where he leads the Eagles in scoring with 23 points in 16 games.

Andreas Englund was one of 9 players that returned to Team Sweden for the 2016 World Juniors looking to build on last year's 4th place finish. Unfortunately, Sweden lost to the host team in the semi-finals and came up short against White and Team USA for Bronze. Englund ended the tournament with 2 points (0 goals, 2 assists) and a +6 rating in 5 games.

The Sens' other 2015 first-round pick, Thomas Chabot, finished tied for the team lead in points by defenceman on Team Canada with 3 (along with Joe Hicketts). Chabot was paired with Hicketts on Team Canada's top pairing for the duration of the tournament and was relied on heavily against opposing team's top units and at crucial points during games. Chabot returns to the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL where he has 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) in 20 games played this season.

Here's a quick quote from Chabot prior to this year's World Juniors...

Sens 2015 5th round pick, Christian Jaros, competed in his second World Juniors with Slovakia and was named team captain for the 2016 tournament in Finland. Jaros, who has spent the bulk of his year on loan to Asplöven HC of the Allsvenskan in Sweden, finished with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 5 games played. You can see his goal against Russia below (skip to 3:06)...

Filip Chlapik, selected by the Sens in the 2nd round of NHL Draft, had a relatively disappointing tournament and failed to register a point during the Czech Republic's 5 games in Finland. Chlapik finished his 2016 World Juniors with a +1 rating, 2 penalty minutes and 9 shots on goal and heads back to the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL looking to build off of his 23 points (6 goals, 17 assists) in 26 games so far this season.

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