The world Junior Championships hold sway in this country in a way that can’t possibly be justified by the actual prize at sake. No sir. The appeal of the WJ’s is the “lore” of the event and many of the significant moments in the tournament’s history have been provided by teenagers drafted by the Edmonton Oilers. What does this year’s tournament hold for us? Hold on!
In first period liked Nylander-TOR Kempe-LAK Lindblom-PHI Aho-2015 Lagesson-EDM.
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) December 26, 2014
William Lagesson had a strong game for Sweden today, playing solid defense, providing effective outlet passes and coming to the aid of a fallen teammate late in the contest. It’s important to remind ourselves this is the ultimate tournament of small sample sizes but Lagesson’s performance today is a nice item all the same.
Nice to see #oilers pick William Lagesson step in for teammate after nasty hit
— oilersfan (@JRomz1989) December 27, 2014
I like Darnell Nurse a ton.
— Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) December 20, 2014
Darnell Nurse is a big defenseman with a major league edge. I’d tell you the last one Edmonton drafted and developed but I honestly don’t remember. He’s a pleasant young man off the ice (from what we know) but when he puts on the uniform Nurse is a nasty piece of work. THAT’S why the Oilers drafted him.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 27, 2014
I thought Nurse played well tonight, although he certainly has the rover in him. When he turns pro, the ramblin’ man will have to pick his spots to roam. At this level he can get out of position and recover in time. His size/speed combination is terrific, it’s a matter of being patient and developing those “calm feet” as a defender. He’s wildly talented and I think wants to be a bigger part of the action (Team Canada seemed to be using him sparingly—haven’t seen TOI).
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 27, 2014
THE RIDICULOUS EICHEL
Buddy’s a freak. He had several fine moments but I’ll pick this bit of ridiculousness for a highlight. He’s the consolation prize? Okay. The thing I noticed most about Eichel is how much the play flows through him. He’s an exciting player with an amazing future.
@NateInVegas Love this kid. Thing is, strong chance he plays at BU again next year
— Alex Thomas (@Alex_Thomas14) December 27, 2014
I thought he showed flashes tonight but there were other Canadians driving the game. It’s important to remember he’s coming back from injury and this is a 19-year old tournament.
Connor McDavid held pointless but led Canada with 6 shots on net
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) December 27, 2014
God I love this tournament! More tomorrow.