It didn’t take long for Canucks prospect Arvid Costmar to make an impact at the World Junior Championships.
The Canucks’ seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft has secured a spot on Sweden’s second line as the centre on a talented offensive trio. Just 32 seconds after the Czech Republic scored the opening goal of the game, Costmar scored his first of the tournament.
He won a faceoff and flew down the centre of the ice, received a pass and went in on a breakaway. He made a move to the backhand but could not get the puck past the goaltender. Just a few seconds after his breakaway attempt, he made his way to the net and tipped in a hard pass from Victor Söderström.
Canucks prospect Arvid Costmar scores Sweden’s first goal of the tournament after almost scoring on a breakaway chance as well!
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Costmar isn’t necessarily known as an offensive player, so it was good for him to get on the scoresheet so early in this tournament.
The noticeable impact plays that he makes in games typically come from being able to correctly rotate and defend in the defensive zone. He was used as a penalty killer for Sweden but did not get any time on the power play. There was a lot to like in his game as he was effective at influencing play in the neutral zone and helped extend possession while in the offensive zone.
As for the even-strength lineup, Costmar found himself on the second scoring line alongside 2019 first-round pick of the New York Islanders, Simon Holmstrom and 2020 second-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, Noel Gunler. The line didn’t get a ton of time together in the second and third periods as there were a lot of penalties where Gunler and Holmstrom had to play power play minutes while Costmar was tasked with killing penalties while his team was shorthanded.
Costmar did get a hard shot off in a hurry late in the third period:
The trio controlled play on most of their shifts and did a great job of keeping the puck in the offensive zone. A nice boost to that possession came from Costmar’s ability to win faceoffs. He was stellar in the dot on Saturday as he won a majority of his faceoffs.
Sweden went on to score seven straight goals after the Czech Republic opened up the scoring in the first period. Sweden glided their way through the third period and go on to win with a 7-1 final score.
The tournament continues on for the two Canucks prospects. Vasili Podkolzin is in action on Sunday, December 27th at 6:30 pm PST against the Czech Republic. Arvid Costmar’s next game will be Monday, December 28th at 3 pm, PST against Austria.