The World Junior's featured four Sharks prospects, with Santeri Hatakka earning a Bronze Medal with Team Finland in their 4-1 victory over Russia.
In the previous update, we highlighted Jake McGrew's return from injury in spectacular fashion, Jonathan Dahlen's continuing dominance in the Allsvenskan and Linus Oberg's personal-best four-point game.
Let's take a dive into this week's update of our Next Wave report, focusing on the four players who played at the 2021 World Junior Championships:
Hatakka just completed his second run at the World Junior Championship, where he faced Team Sweden in the 2020 Bronze Medal game, but fell 3-2 in the contest. This time around, Finland emerged victorious in a 4-1 defeat of Team Russia. Hatakka finished the tournament with two points, and logged three total (one goal, two assists) in his 14 games played across the two years. He logged a personal high 24:29 TOI in this year's tournament against Team Canada and never fell below 17 minutes of ice in a game. Hatakka finished 23rd overall in average TOI (19:51), and logged the second-highest minutes for Finland.
Artemi Kniazev and Yegor Spridonov
Both Kniazev and Spiridonov made Team Russia's roster for the World Junior's. They fell short of a Bronze Medal against our own Hatakka and Team Finland, but Kniazev recorded four points (one goal, three assists) across seven games in his first WJC experience. Spiridonov went scoreless but did appear in all seven contests for Russia.
San Jose's 2020 seventh-round selection represented Team Cech Republic in the tournament. Despite the club's elimination to Canada in the quarter finals, Raska appeared in four games and registered one assist. In the pre-tournament exhibition game, he registered two points and 25 PIM.
For the full Sharks player report, click here.