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THREE NHL Prospects That Have Had Tremendous WJC Tournaments - Mesar, Behrens, Nyman

It's medal time! With yesterday's first-round knockout stage and the semi-finals tomorrow, we are down to the final four at the prestigious World Junior Classic Tournament. Here are three prospects that have outperformed expectations throughout the tournament: Filip Mešár, Team Slovakia What a ride it was for Team Slovakia! A country with a population of only 5.5 million people issued a massive challenge to the major hockey country and hosts, Canada. The Slovaks drove the Canadiens to overtime after overcoming a two-goal deficit. Slovakia put their heart and soul into the game, as depicted by the numerous shot blocks and sacrifice the team showed. But unfortunately, the team fell to Connor Bedard's spectacular goal after an amazing effort. Filip Meár was surely the best Slovakian forward on the ice throughout the tournament. Mesar, who served as an assistant captain for his home nation, was among the tournament ice-time leaders among forwards, averaging just over 19 minutes

The SIX Most Underrated Players at THE 2023 IIHF World Juniors

The IIHF World Juniors are back! Once again this year, the tournament will be hosted in Canada, although we will take a trip east to the host cities of Moncton and Halifax. The tournament is highlighted by many superstars and high-end NHL draft picks like Shane Wright, Joakim Kemell, and even Connor Bedard. But here is a list composed of the six most underrated, least talked-about players: 1. Team Finland - Jani Nyman (Seattle Kraken) With the graduating classes of Roni Hirvonen, Aatu Raty, and even Roby Jarventie provide opportunities for players such as Jani Nyman. Finland is a squad that will be deeply questioned as the tournament progresses, as it is uncertain if the team possesses high-end scoring.   Nyman was a Seattle draft pick during the 2022 NHL Draft, when the team selected him with the 49th overall selection in the second round. with the likes of Brad Lambert, Joakim Kemell, and Oliver Kapanen on the first line. It opens up an opportunity for Nyman to slot in as a second-

The Future: Plenty of Habs' Prospects Start the Season off Strong

One of the greatest prospect pools in the National Hockey League belongs to the Montreal Canadiens. Many of the Habs' prospects have had strong starts to the season thus far. For a squad that is partially rebuilding or retooling, this is crucial. The following prospects have had promising starts in their respective leagues: Joshua Roy - Sherbrooke Phoenix QMJHL The standout Canadian from the 2021 World Juniors was chosen in the fifth round of the NHL Entry Draft. Roy is regarded as one of the National Hockey League's most underappreciated prospects. In the QMJHL, Roy ranks high in both points and assists. After a good WJC tournament and preceding season, the 19-year-old started his fourth junior campaign. The winger has six goals and 13 assists in 11 games this year. JOSHUA ROY PUTS CANADA ON THE BOARD! #WorldJuniors — TSN (@TSN_Sports) August 21, 2022 Riley Kidney - Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL Another QMJHL standout who plays for the Montreal Canadi

Prospect Previews: Lian Bichsel, Filip Mešár

Lian Bichsel - Leksand IF Bichsel is a Swiss defenseman currently playing for Leksand IF of the SHL. Standing at a whopping 6'5'' and weighing 225 pounds, Bichsel is one of the physically mature players in the entire draft. In 29 SHL games, he recorded three points this season. Bichsel plays a defensive game, playing physical and winning puck battles. “Uses size and reach effectively to defend. Puck skills and playmaking ability are improving, but there’s still a rawness in these areas.”  Sam Cosentino, Sportsnet Draft Projection: Late-First Round Filip Mešár - HK Poprad Filip Mešár is a Slovakian winger playing for HK Poprad in Slovakia. Mešár plays in the top Slovakian League as an 18-year-old, playing against men. The Slovak is gifted offensively. In 37 games, he scored eight goals and eight assists this season. Mešár also represented Team Slovakia at the U18 playing in seven games and scoring 12 points. “Mešár has the potential to be a steal at the NHL Draft. His transi