WJC2011: Three Kings Prospects Eyeing Gold

As noted in our World Junior Preview last week, three of the leading contenders for medals this year were the U.S., Canada and Russia.

With only four teams remaining in medal contention, all three are still alive in the tournament (along with Sweden).

Thus, each of the the Kings prospects participating in this year’s WJC – Brayden Schenn (Canada), Derek Forbort (USA) and Maxim Kitsyn (Russia) – could come home with medals.

Better yet, when the semi-finals begin later this afternoon, they’ll all be just one win away from the gold medal game on Wednesday.

Schenn, the Kings first round draft pick in 2009, is running away with the WJC scoring lead. He currently has 16 points, while his next closest challenger has only nine. He also leads all players in goals (7), assists (9) and plus-minus (+10). About the only flaw in his game you can find right now would be his faceoff percentage. As Canada’s top center he’s taken more draws than any of his teammates. However, he’s only won 56% of them – a less than impressive number.

Meanwhile, left-winger Kitsyn (selected in the sixth round this past June) is having a strong tournament for Russia – including a big goal yesterday to tie the score with less than two minutes remaining in their quarter final match-up with Finland. Overall, he has seven points (4g, 3a) and is a plus-5 through the first five games.

Forbort, a 6’5″ defenseman taken by the Kings in the first round of last year’s draft, has yet to record a point. However, of the 15 goals by Team USA, only two have come from their defenseman.

Here’s the line-up for today:

SEMI #1 – Russia vs. Sweden at 12:30 pm PST
SEMI #2 – Canada vs. USA at 4:30 pm PST

The winners will meet for gold. The other two will meet for bronze.

All remaining games can be seen live on the NHL Network.

US-Canada is almost always an exciting game.  Even though this particular contest doesn’t have a medal at stake, it will be just as pressure packed.  The Americans are out to prove that last year’s gold medal victory wasn’t just a fluke or a one-off occurrence.  Team Canada is looking for revenge.  From that perspective, the game should have a ‘medal game’ feel to it.

Be sure to set your DVRs, you don’t want to miss this one.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/Mayor119
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Interview with Derek Forbort

Interview with Maxim Kitsyn

The Complete Story on Brayden Schenn

WJC Memories with – Ryan Smyth  *  Drew Doughty  *  Jack Johnson

WJC 2010 – U.S. Defeats Canada for Gold
.

Recent Articles

carter-jeff-kings-50th-anniversary

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven on Kings MVP, Gaborik Injury, Sharks Rivalry

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined hosts Scott Laughlin and Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon, to discuss the Kings and Sharks. Some of the topics touched on included: Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Nic Dowd, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Jonathan Quick, Peter Budaj, roster moves, injuries, […]

Sirius XM NHL Network

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven, Davis, Bernstein, Pagnotta after Kings-Ducks

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven and Jonathan Davis on NHL Network Radio following the Kings-Ducks game in Anaheim, where they were joined by Dennis Bernstein and Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period magazine, as well as actor Michael Rosenbaum, and a host of other special guests. Some of the topics discussed […]

doughty_lewis_andy_article

Kings – Pacific Division Pretender Or Contender?

There’s an old adage in hockey that says you can’t win a division in the first month of the season, but you sure can lose it. Through the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season, the LA Kings may not be eliminated from Pacific Division contention, but the road to the title is going to be […]

Major News Items

LAK Prospect No 1

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News