by Corey Pronman
Apologies for the late post everyone.
Final Score: 4-3 Russia (SO) Shot Totals: 49-32 Sweden
2011 draft eligible Adam Larsson: 1G and 3 Pts
Final Score: 4-1 Canada Shot Totals: 41-23 Canada
Notes and thoughts from the day:
I’m trying not to repeat anything I’ve said in other posts, so this list will be brief…
- After being pretty brutal throughout the tournament, Chicago first rounder Dylan Olsen had a nice bounce back game. He didn’t do anything flashy offensively, but he was winning battles in his own end, causing turnovers at the blueline and most importantly he was just making better decisions.
- Brett Connolly hasn’t been a scoring machine in the tournament one would expect from a guy with his skill set–despite the fact he got somewhat involved in the scoring in this game– but one thing I’ve been impressed by is his defensive play. The Lightning first rounder has a long reach, big frame, is a plus skater, shows willingness to backcheck and has fine defensive awareness which equals a pretty good defensive forward.
- Dallas prospect John Klingberg has shown above-average skating and puck skills in this tournament from the backend and has the offensive skills to draw attention to himself. His hockey sense has a ways to go though and it’s arguably below fringe level, maybe even well below.
- Capitals’ prospect Cody Eakin has been a sparkplug the entire competition killing penalties and on the forecheck, but it’s when you start showing above-average five on five defensive play like Cody did versus the US that it starts to bring true defensive value to a player. Even for a small guy, Eakin was getting his stick in lanes, disrupting plays and overall played a solid game in his end, nevermind in the other.
- I’ve been kind of underwhelmed with Chicago’s Nick Leddy. I don’t necessarily think he’s been bad, but for a guy who needs to bring a plus offensive game to the forefront to thrive at the next level he certainly hasn’t given that kind of indication. He’s been a solid contributor, but didn’t show that next level of skill.
- I’m not exactly sure what Chris Kreider was thinking on that first Canadian goal. The right defenseman left his position to support his teammate; Kreider covered for him and then for some reason left the position to attack the puck. Canada then gets the puck and feeds a pass to Curtis Hamilton right at the spot Kreider abandoned and a scoring chance later it’s 1-0.
The tournament enters it’s final day tomorrow. The Bronze Medal game between Sweden and the USA is at 3:30 EST with Canada and Russia playing for all the marbles at 7:30 EST. The relegations have been determined with Germany and Norway being sent down a level next year. I’ll be covering the final games on twitter as well.