World Juniors 2018 – Group A Draft Eligible Players

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So with the list of potential draft eligible players going up the other day, now it’s time for the list of potential Group A talent to go up, and what better day to put it up than in a mad-rush on Christmas day with just 24 hours left until the tournament gets underway.

So feel free to browse through this list, and the list from Group B if you want to do something whilst you wait for your Christmas dinner, or if you just want to avoid awkward small talk.

Group A

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World Juniors 2018 – Group B Draft Eligible Players

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There’s only a matter of days to go until the 2018 World Juniors get underway in Buffalo, New York, and while a lot of focus will be on the big countries and skaters already drafted into the NHL, it’s always good to focus on some of the players who are yet to be drafted, and will be looking to make their case for a higher draft ranking, or for most just put up a little bit of a challenge against the consensus number one overall pick in 2018, Rasmus Dahlin.

So without further ado, he’s the list of Group B for you to get familiar with some prospects names, but also with Christmas a few days away, feel free to use this article (and the one on Group A that will be coming soon) as an opportunity to stare blankly at your device of choice in an effort to avoid awkward family conversations.

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My World Junior Diary – Day 08 – The Return Of The Upgrade

I figured out why I’ve been upgraded three times now (more on the third one later). My seat up in the 300 section is the opposite side to the TV camera’s, so they’re moving a bunch of people down so theres more people in the seats the cameras show and then the arena doesn’t look as empty as it has been.

But anyway, my last full day started as normal, woke up, shower, grabbed breakfast then come back to the room to write the latest blog entry before heading out.

With the Quarter-Finals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship getting underway, the penultimate game in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre was the early game of the day, starting a 1pm. So I left my hotel around 11:40 for the 20 minute walk down to watch the Russians take on Denmark. I thought if I got there early enough I’d have a greater chance at my seat being upgraded but this game was actually pretty well sold so I stayed up in the 300s.

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My World Junior Diary – Day 06 – Upgraded again

Day six started in the usual way, I woke up way earlier than I wanted to, watched Sportscentre and grabbed a bite to eat before coming back to my room to write the previous days blog.

So after I uploaded yesterdays entry I looked at my City Pass ticket to find out what I haven’t done that is near to my hotel, so yesterday morning was spent in the Royal Ontario Museum.

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My World Junior Diary – Day 04 – Cold War Kids

So I decided to treat myself to a lie in this morning, so I didn’t get up until about 10am, have a shower and just relax for the rest of the morning.

What I did forget to do was put the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door, I don’t think she really expected to walk in to a room with a guy watching sportscentre in a towel, but by her reaction she may as well have walked in on me watching a very different kind of show.

I made sure I left my hotel with my hood up just in case she saw me again.

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My World Junior Diary – Day 03 – Top 5 day of my life

The past couple of days have taken it out of me, so I was pretty pleased when I woke up at 9am and actually felt pretty rested for once.

What I wasn’t pretty please about was the reason why I was woken up at 9am. Not a fire alarm, not the pigeons who’ve made my balcony home, but the room next door to me seemed to be pretty excited to have made it through the night and were celebrating in a most peculiar way. Luckily, he…I mean it, didn’t last long.

So after the horrible wake up call, the rest of the day was superb.

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Jacob Trouba re-signs with Winnipeg on two-year deal

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The Winnipeg Jets and RFA defenceman Jacob Trouba finally reached a deal today, with Trouba signing a 2-year/$6 million contract to stay with the Jets.

Time was running out for Trouba this season, if he reached December 1st without a contract he wouldn’t be eligible to play for the rest of the 2016/17 season.

Back in May, Trouba requested a trade out of Winnipeg because he wanted top four minutes as a right-handed defenceman, something that most teams would definitely like to acquire. Within the Jets organisation, Trouba is lower on the pecking order than he would be at most other clubs, he’s got to compete with the big bodies of Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers.

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VIDEO: McDavid V Matthews Round 1

In the latest edition of Across The Pond I revisit a topic I spoke about last month where I predicted that both the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs would both improve this season but only slightly.

Tonight the 2015 NHL Draft first overall pick Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers take on the 2016 NHL Draft first overall pick Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs face off for the first of two meetings between the sides this season.

Both teams have vastly different experiences early in the 2016-17 season, watch below as I talk about tonight’s meeting at the season ahead.

I hope you enjoyed this latest video, more written content is coming (once this goes up I will be starting a new article).



VIDEO: World Cup of Hockey Finals Preview

In today’s edition of Across The Pond, I give a quick update on the World Cup of Hockey as the best of three final series is about to get under way, and I say who I think will win between Canada and Europe.

If you’re enjoying the series please give the video a like and subscribe to the channel, I have quite a few ideas for the upcoming NHL season and would love to have as many of you as possible along for the ride.

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VIDEO: World Cup of Hockey – Group Stage Recap and Semi-Final Preview

I decided to head back to YouTube for my latest post to recap the teams that have crashed out of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and talk about the semi-finals and who I think will be the last two teams standing.

If you like this video check out my channel to view even more content and subscribe to see what I release next.

I’ll be back on Monday to talk more about the finals and then I’ll continue to upload through the NHL season where I’ll discuss a range of topics covering all 30 NHL teams.