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U18 World Hockey Championship - Ornskoldsvik/Umea

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The U18 worlds kick-off on Thursday, the 18th. It's a great chance to view some of the draft-eligible players, including many potential first rounders. It looks like TSN has most of the coverage with the games being on in the morning pacific time due to the time difference with Sweden(host).

 

Official site: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wm18

 

Canadian roster:

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(from the last pre-tournament game)

 

Krebs, Newhook, Cozens and Suzuki are projected to go around where the Canucks pick at #10. Harley is one of the top ranked defenseman, should the Canucks go that route. 

 

First game is against Finland on the 18th, 10:30am PST on TSN. Go Canada GO!

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Reports are that Harley is an absolute tire fire in his own end though.  Hard pass.

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30 minutes ago, King Heffy said:

Reports are that Harley is an absolute tire fire in his own end though.  Hard pass.

This is actually the first time I've ever heard that. All the reports I've read in the last couple weeks have all said he's a composed, patient player in his own end. 

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Excited about the tourny. I'm watching for a few players - big part is Krebs. Haven't been able to see the Ice play a lot this year and the one's I saw it was painful to watch. Watching Krebs on a good team will be fun.

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1 hour ago, King Heffy said:

Reports are that Harley is an absolute tire fire in his own end though.  Hard pass.

That's the feeling I got watching him in the prospects game. Smooth skater, good puck skills & good passer. Otherwise average to below average. He does have size but feels like a project pick.

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Wow that is a crazy stacked forward group. Defense very weak, however 

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Soderstrom & Broberg both on Swedish squad.   

 

Keep your eyes on these two. 

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USA have to be heavy favourites at this tournament. Team is stacked at every position including the potential first overall pick and a goalie that could get drafted in the top 20 this year.

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On 4/16/2019 at 6:01 PM, Jaku said:

Excited about the tourny. I'm watching for a few players - big part is Krebs. Haven't been able to see the Ice play a lot this year and the one's I saw it was painful to watch. Watching Krebs on a good team will be fun.

Yeah I am curious how he will do in that better environment. Same for newhook. Lots of exciting prospects to watch these days!

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I watched the game earlier. I liked Rees, Tracey and Krebs. Rees is FAST and tenacious, I think an injury shortened season hurt his draft stock, could be a great grab with a 2nd or 3rd. Krebs is all smarts, looks like an NHLer out there, plays all situations and is wearing the C. 

 

On D, I liked Korczak, solid all around defenseman. Gauthier in net held us in for the first period. 

 

From Finland I liked Saarela, he's dangerous out there. Lundell is a great player as well, but not available until next year's draft. 

 

the roster from today's game:

 

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Just watched US/SWE. Boldy, York, and Caufield all exceptional standouts. Knight, the goaltender, waved off a goal (high stick) as it went behind him. That cracked me up. 

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Watching the US v Latvia game. Caufield, Zegras, Boldy, and York all look real good. At least a couple of them should be available at 10 for Vancouver at the draft

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USA loses is semi final to Russia.  Caufield still scored two though.  Lots of top 

US guys didn’t show well in this game.  

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2 minutes ago, Alflives said:

Swedes win 4-3

Broberg is really good.

Yup.

If Broberg is still there at 10, he's the one I want.

(Not that I know anything, I don't think JB has taken anybody I thought he should, and his results are very, very good.

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