World Junior Hockey Championship: 10 Players to Keep an Eye On

December 23rd, 2010 by Aaron Brouwer Leave a reply »
The World Junior Hockey Championship gets going on Boxing Day. Team USA has eight returning players and three players that have played multiple games in the NHL this season, making them the early favourites. 

Canada can run four scoring lines and will count on team captain Ryan Ellis to quarterback the power play. Canada has put together a solid team that is very deep and is a contender for the title.

The team to watch out for is the Russians. Team Russia was embarrassed last WJHC when they lost to Switzerland in the quarterfinals. The Russians will want to show they are on the way back up, so expect them to win a medal in this tournament.

Here are 10 players to keep an eye on.


10. Jared Cowen (Canada)

Cowen is probably the player with the most to prove heading into this year’s tournament. Cowen was expected to play a bigger role last year but struggled, scoring only a single point, and found himself sitting on the bench a lot. Cowen was named an assistant captain this year, so watch out for this big defenseman to be a dominant force.


9. Andrej Nestrasil (Czech R ...

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