Wild West: World Juniors Revisited Part Two

Grant Campbell

2020-12-28

In part two of our look at the World Juniors (WJC) revisited for core three players, we will focus on San Jose, St. Louis, Vancouver, Vegas and Winnipeg.

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San Jose

Erik Karlsson (Sweden) – Surprisingly Karlsson only played in one WJC in 2009. He didn't disappoint as he led Sweden in scoring with nine points in six games on the way to Canada beating them 5-1 in the finals. Other top scorers for Sweden that year were Mikael Backlund (with five goals and seven points in six games), Magnus Paajarvi (seven points). Victor Hedman (two assists in six games) was on the roster as well as Jacob Markstrom in goal (1.61 GAA and 94.3 save percentage in five games). 

Logan Couture (Canada) – Even though Couture was the 9th overall pick in 2007 he was not even invited to the Canadian camp in either 2008 or 2009 so never took part in the tournament. Canada did win the gold medal in 2009 which is a testament to how deep Canada was that year.

Timo Meier (Switzerland) – Meier played in two tournaments in 2015 and 2016. In 2015 the Swiss team didn't make it out of the round-robin but managed to beat Germany in the relegation round to stay in the tournament. Meier had six points in six games on a team that also had future NHLers Denis Malgin (seven points), Kevin Fiala (four goals), Mirco Mueller and Jonas Seigenthaler. In 2016 Meier was team captain when Switzerland was forced to the relegation round once again but managed to beat Belarus to stay. Denis Malgin led the team with nine points in six games and Meier had five points.

St. Louis

Vladimir Tarasenko (Russia) – The Russians were stunned in the quarterfinals in 2010 by Switzerland and were knocked out earlier than they hoped. Tarasenko had four goals and five points in six games, while Kirill Petrov led the team with four goals and 10 points while Nikita Filatov had six points. Tarasenko returned in 2011 as team captain and co-led the team in scoring with four goals and 11 points along with Evgeni Kuznetsov. The team beat Canada 5-3 in the finals to win gold on a roster with Dmitri Orlov (nine points), Artemi Panarin (five points) and Maxim Kitsyn who led the team with five goals.

Ryan O'Reilly (Canada) – When O'Reilly surprisingly made the roster with Colorado at the beginning of the 2009-10 season, he stuck for the whole season and was not made available to Canada for the WJC in 2010.

Alex Pietrangelo (Canada) –