Time to see how those Vancouver Canucks prospects do as the heat gets turned up a little bit at the World Junior Championship in Edmonton. Team Canada and the USA are the top seeds crossing over to take on 4th seeds in Wednesday’s semi-finals.
Vancouver Canucks 2020 5th-rounder, defenceman Jacob Truscott will join his American cohorts in taking on the Czech Republic in the late game while the Canadians will play Switzerland in the game that proceeds it.
Defenceman Joni Jurmo, Vancouver’s 3rd-rounder two summers ago, will cross over with his Finnish teammates to take on Germany while Canucks 2022 1st-round pick Jonathan Lekkerimaki and Team Sweden will take on Latvia in the other semi. Lekkerimaki had two assists in Sweden’s 4-2 win over the Germans on Sunday.
Canada Hockey Now
— Sportsnet reports that newest Calgary Flames forward Jonathan Huberdeau is doing an admirable thing; he’s donating his brain to science for concussion research. Calgary Flames. Why do some players develop CTE from hits to the head while most do not? Huberdeau hopes to help scientists figure it out. Hopefully this donation is a very long way off.
— Montreal Hockey Now: The Canadiens grabbed Evgenii Dadonov from the Vegas Golden Knights in a sweet deal (after Dadonov blocked a trade to Anaheim at the NHL trade deadline), and our Marco D’Amico notes that Dadonov will be the perfect sell-high rental on the NHL trade market. Montreal Canadiens.
— Washington Hockey Now: Polls always create interesting arguments, especially when someone prominent gets ‘snubbed’. I reckon that’s why people do polls, to get others talking. In DC, it has them talking about Evgeny Kuznetsov not making the NHL Network top centres list. Washington Capitals. Two Vancouver Canucks made the top-20. (next VHN story)
— Colorado Hockey Now: Adrian Dater looks at the fact that there are no statues of Avalanche players outside Ball Arena in Denver. Who would you honour first in such a manner? ‘Burnaby Joe’ Sakic? Patrick Roy? How about Peter Forsberg? Colorado Avalanche.
On the road, but back with more in a bit … Happy Tuesday!