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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: Sweden 3 – 1 Czech Republic

The Czech Republic entered the game with some tailwind from upsetting Russia in their first game of the tournament. Against Sweden, however, their start wasn’t great, and the Swedes around Vancouver Canucks prospect Elias Pettersson went into the game with a 2-0 lead. It was also Pettersson who scored a game-winning, bar-down goal on the power play, this time from the left circle.

In period two, the Czechs looked like the team we saw upsetting Russia. At times, Sweden struggled to get the puck out of the defensive zone for extended periods of time, and 2018-eligible Filip Zadina made them pay for it.

Team Czech Republic came out of the second intermission with a clear will to tie the game, but they couldn’t turn their continuous pressure into another goal. Instead, the Swedes added another and took home a 3-1 victory.

Notes

Elias Pettersson (2017 VAN 1st)

It pains me to say this, but despite his incredible goal and six shots on net, Pettersson is not the player that excited me the most on the Swedish roster. In fact, he was quite far from that, as there were multiple Swedes who stood out more often and more consistently in even strength.

That said, he once again proved he has the tools to be a dangerous power play producer. The unit with Pettersson, Alex Nylander, Lias Andersson, Fabian Zetterlund and Rasmus Dahlin was nothing short of dominant.

The Canucks are in for a treat when they add Pettersson to their power play opposite Brock Boeser.

Rasmus Dahlin (2018 NHL Entry Draft eligible)

Going into the year, it was Rasmus Dahlin vs. Andrei Svechnikov for first overall in the 2018 draft. But by now, this has changed completely. Dahlin is the No. 1, and there is absolutely no doubt about it.

It wasn’t quite as obvious, but if you paid close attention to Dahlin’s game, he looked especially strong defensively, making no mistakes. He can close down passing lanes, defend the rush, battle in the corners, or clean up in front of the net. There really is nothing Dahlin can’t do, and there should be no doubt that he will be the next first-overall pick.

Dahlin led all Swedes with 24:05 of ice time.

Filip Zadina (2018 NHL Entry Draft eligible)

The tournament has already shown that Dahlin and Svechnikov aren’t the only high-end prospects of the coming draft. Along with Americans Quinton Hughes and Brady Tkachuk, Filip Zadina is proving he has the potential to become a scorer at the highest level.

Against the Swedes, Zadina continuously created offence with Martin Necas while displaying his high-end skill-set. He certainly looks like a top-five pick right now.

Zadina had six shots and led his team in ice time as well, including defencemen, with 22:32.

Martin Necas (2017 CAR 1st)

Necas and Zadina shaped a dynamic duo that might have deserved another goal or two. Whenever the Czechs planted themselves in the Swedish zone, pressuring the net, you could be sure it’s the line around Necas and Zadina.

Necas was the Czechs’ most noticeable player and set up his team’s lone goal, displaying excellent vision and playmaking skill.

Along with his playmaking ability, Necas displayed excellent individual skill. He is an incredibly fast and agile player with a quick and smooth set of hands, allowing him to avoid defensive pressure and create space for himself and his teammates.

Axel Jonsson Fjallby (2016 WSH 5th)

Axel Jonsson Fjallby was not one I had on the radar going into the game, but made sure I noticed him throughout. The Washington Capitals prospect has just four goals and eight points in 25 games with Djugardens IF in the Swedish Hockey League this season, but he did extremely well in blue-and-yellow.

In the first period, he fought through two defencemen before setting up Marcus Davidsson for the first goal of the night.

After that, he continuously impressed with his hard work, speed, and vision, setting up several other scoring chances.

  • Wise Canuck

    Again, we were desperate for a legit number one centre and Petterssen is clearly an undersized winger because that’s where he plays and produces for club and country. Benning blew it again!

    So, after failing to address our top two needs in successive drafts (elite offensive d man and nhl ready number one centre), it means we need a lottery miracle for either Rasmus Dahlin or Brady Tkachuk – because whoever gets either of those elite studs is competing for a cup within four years! Book it.

    Benning OUT.

      • truthseeker

        He’s a stupid c….t. what do you expect? Self loathing loser who gets his enjoyment from being this type of person. How pathetic is that? We all probably waste more time than we should here but I’m sure that nobody is a bigger waste of life than this guy.

    • NeverWas

      “failing to address our top two needs in successive drafts (elite offensive d man and nhl ready number one centre)”

      Hahaha oh yeah… it’s just that easy!!! And those are totally just our needs. It’s not like every NHL team wants an elite offensive defensemen and an NHL ready 1C fresh from the draft… go give your head a shake man. You know nothing about hockey, drafting or team management.

    • NorthernBClife

      Pettersson is 6’2″ how is that an undersized winger? anyway Pettersson was a game time decision he was under the weather today I assume with flu. Also he had 9 shots today, not 6 shot, the box score wasn’t updating till a little bit after the game. 2nd most shots in the game were Nylander with 5 shots. So Pettersson was under the weather and scored the GWG and got 9 shots. Im thinking he’s a great player. People need to calm down a bit and realize the Canucks have a gem. Also there will always be trolls, the Canucks are in a good place with prospects and there is tremendous hope obviously. So people will never be satisfied and always complain and say what if this, what if that. There is a chance Pettersson down the road will best forward out of the 2017 draft. He has elite qualities that are obvious. He will play centre once he gains 15 more pounds which he will easily do at 6’2 frame, he’s obvious still growing. With players like Gaudreau, Bennett, McDavid, Kane, Ehlers etc etc its amazing the ignorance to call a 6’2 kid growing into his body an undersized NHLer and a write off. idiocy. Also these trolls pretending to be Canuck fans are getting old, using phrases like we and us and trolling worse then a partisan Oilers or Flames fan, the Canucks can do no right of course wise Canuck. I question some peoples mental stability, go use your energy and cheer for another team. If your always negative and call your self a Canucks fan, your a fraud.

  • BC SPORTS FAN

    Let’s finish out of the playoffs, win the draft lottery and select Dahlin. We missed Liligren last year but what a huge difference he would make. He is only 17 years old but already he is better than any of our defence men.

  • BC SPORTS FAN

    Surely one year the lottery Gods will smile on us, enough of getting the 5th pick. My point was that rather than finishing 8th and getting swept in the playoffs finishing out of the playoffs would not be the end of the world this year. A chance to get Dahlin would be huge for the Canucks.

    • truthseeker

      There are good players on the way and the young ones on the team now need a taste of success. It’s already been 2 years of hard losing. They should strive for the playoffs as best they can and if they do not make it then you’re right….it’s not the end of the world. But worrying about finishing lower to increase already terrible odds is not the right way to go.

      Worst team is now down to 18%. There are no lottery gods. Only probability. And 18% is terrible. We will not get the first overall pick.

      I’d rather finish in an 8th playoff spot and get swept than waste time on long shot odds hoping for a franchise “savior” who are no guarantee to be that anyway. Even with the top prospects it’s a crap shoot.

      Lots of great talent available in the first round of any draft. Not worth it to want to finish out of the playoffs. Just creates a depressing atmosphere of continual losing and more disappointment when we end up drafting exactly where probability tells us we will. And as of today that’s around 7th or 8th overall.

  • NorthernBClife

    Pettersson is 6’2″ how is that an undersized winger? anyway Pettersson was a game time decision he was under the weather today I assume with flu. Also he had 9 shots today, not 6 shot, the box score wasn’t updating till a little bit after the game. 2nd most shots in the game were Nylander with 5 shots. So Pettersson was under the weather and scored the GWG and got 9 shots. Im thinking he’s a great player. People need to calm down a bit and realize the Canucks have a gem. Also there will always be trolls, the Canucks are in a good place with prospects and there is tremendous hope obviously. So people will never be satisfied and always complain and say what if this, what if that. There is a chance Pettersson down the road will best forward out of the 2017 draft. He has elite qualities that are obvious. He will play centre once he gains 15 more pounds which he will easily do at 6’2 frame, he’s obvious still growing. With players like Gaudreau, Bennett, McDavid, Kane, Ehlers etc etc its amazing the ignorance to call a 6’2 kid growing into his body an undersized NHLer and a write off. idiocy. Also these trolls pretending to be Canuck fans are getting old, using phrases like we and us and and trolling worse then a partisan Oilers or Flames fan, the Canucks can do no right of course wise Canuck. I question some peoples mental stability, go use your energy and cheer for another team. If your always negative and call your self a Canucks fan, your a fraud.

  • Jabs

    “It pains me to say this, but despite his incredible goal and six shots on net, Pettersson is not the player that excited me the most on the Swedish roster”

    It was said sometime during the game that Petterson was sick and was a gametime decision so I wouldn’t be too hard on him. He has looked dominate in other games so be patient.

  • speering major

    It’s disappointing for the lottery hopes to see the canucks winning with Tanev, Horvat, Sutter, and Sven out of the line up. On the bright side, Vanek and Gagners stock is going up. I know there will be a market for Vanek but I really do hope that someone would be willing to give a bag of pucks for Gagner

    • Giant-Nation

      Petterson – May have more upside than Hiescher and Patrick, can you imagine when this kid fills out. Gadgy, looks to have a skill set that translates very well to the NHL, Boeser was serious underdraft, would easily be top 5 pick if GM’s new he would explode to start this year. Gaudette leading East Division NCAA looks to be gold mined out. Dahlen still rolling along leading his team in scoring. The shutout record holder for NCAA has a solid .992 % on 21st ranked Utica, Mr Demko is a great goalie prospect. Goldobin, Horvat, Julevi, Virtanen, – lots of young talent on the team and coming up, and you know our man Vanek is going to help us get another 2round pick if this continues. I can’t even remember the last time the team had such a good level of prospects in their system and young players on the team. Fun times ahead.