It’s World Juniors time… truly, the most wonderful time of the year.
Although the tournament doesn’t officially open until December 26, each of the 10 teams will play one tune-up game in advance of next week’s fun.
Finland vs. USA (11am PST)
Slovakia vs. Germany
Russia vs. Canada (4pm PST)
Czechia vs. Switzerland
Austria vs. Sweden
NOTE: Six LA Kings prospects are scheduled to represent their countries at the 2022 World Junior Championships. The USA and Canada games will be broadcast on NHL Network TV today. Interestingly enough, those two games could possibly end up being the semi-final matchups when all is said and done.
As for LA Kings prospects:
LA Kings prospects targeted for #WorldJuniors
🇫🇮 Helenius, Simontaival *
* Jamsen has an outside shot. Scouts say he was outstanding w/ FIN19 team & he'd just started to play 2nd line in Liiga, then was recently injured. Out 2-3 wks.
— The Mayor | Team MM (@mayorNHL) December 2, 2021
LA Kings prospect Brock Faber will wear a letter for Team USA at the #WorldJuniors
Jake Sanderson (Ottawa Senators) named captain. Faber, Matty Beniers (Seattle Kraken) and Landon Slaggert (Chicago Blackhawks) will serve as alternates.
— The Mayor (@mayorNHL) December 21, 2021
Another LA Kings prospect wearing a letter at this year's #WorldJuniors …
And, oh boy, NYE — Russia vs USA (in what could be for top spot in Group B). https://t.co/wM5euJyILQ
— The Mayor (@mayorNHL) December 22, 2021
That means today’s games include Brock Faber and Team USA facing a Finland team that includes a pair of Kings prospects in Samuel Helenius and Kasper Simontaival.
When the tournament starts on December 26 – Group A will be comprised of Canada, Finland, Germany, Czechia, and Austria. Meanwhile, Group B will feature the United States, Russia, Sweden, Slovakia, and Switzerland. Thus, the majority of Kings prospects are in Group B and there will be plenty of Kings on Kings Crime, including on the opening day of pool play on December 26 when Brock Faber and Team USA open up vs. Martin Chromiak and Slovakia. Plus, Kirill Kirsanov and Russia take on Helge Grans of Sweden.
Team 🇸🇪 U20 powerplay units
Helge Grans – point
Alex Holtz – left
Oskar Olausson – right
Theodor Niederbach – bumper
William Eklund – Crosby-role
Emil Andrae – point
Fabian Lysell – left
Isak Rosén – right
Daniel Ljungman – bumper
Stakkestad – net front #worldjuniors https://t.co/jeLD0Sew6d
— Henrik Sjöberg (@sjobergh) December 23, 2021
As you’ve come to expect, MayorsManor will have full coverage of the WJC next week.
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