by Corey Pronman
There wasn’t much to report from today’s Under-20 action, so won’t blog today as both the Canada-Denmark and Russia-Latvia games were huge blowouts as often is at any IIHF event versus the top and worst teams in a group during the round-robin round. I didn’t really learn anything new about any of the players that was worth noting, even on a night where Capitals top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 9 points, coming within 1 point of Peter Forsberg’s single-game WJC record.
Kuznetsov has been playing at a very high level throughout the tournament and generating a ton of chances but they just weren’t going in. Tonight was just good old regression kicking in although in a somewhat severe manner. It should go without saying I have been very impressed by Kuznetsov at this event, and he has shown some notable improvements in the finer aspects of his game resulting in him becoming a more complete player that has alleviated some but not all of my worries about his projection. In my next prospect ranking he will likely get a big bump.