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World Juniors: U.S., Sweden score blowout wins

Dec 29, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

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Let’s take a quick look at Sunday’s two games from the 2014 World Hockey Championships, shall we? (Hopefully you aren’t clamoring for close ones …)

United States 8, Germany 0

Vince Hinostroza (Chicago Blackhawks sixth-rounder [169th in 2012]) scored two goals and two assists to lead the U.S. scorers on Sunday. Matthew Grzelyck (Boston Bruins third-rounder [85th overall in 2012]) was the second most prolific scorer with a goal and two assists while several other American players notched a point or two. Meanwhile, Anthony Stolarz (Philadelphia Flyers second-rounder [45th overall in 2012]) cruised to a 15-save shutout.

On Germany’s side, Leon Draisaitl collected 25 penalty minutes while Patrick Klein (six goals allowed on 35 shots) and Kevin Reich (16 out of 18 saves) shared the misery in net.

Sweden 10, Norway 0

Sweden boasts more prominent prospects, which might partially explain an even more one-sided bout.

First-rounders made it happen as Andre Burakovsky (23rd overall by the Washington Capitals in 2013) had a hat trick, Elias Lindholm (fifth pick by Carolina Hurricanes in 2013) had a goal and two assists and Filip Forsberg (11th overall by Washington in 2012, now with the Nashville Predators) collected three assists.

Forsberg, 19, is enjoying his sabbatical from the NHL, as he’s tied for first among point producers with seven in three games.

Marcus Hogberg (Ottawa Senators third-rounder [78th overall in 2013]) got the easy 13-save shutout.

  1. lowenni - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Andre Burakovsky starting to look like he might be a steal for the caps at 23 overall…the guy has a fantastic wrist shot. Reminds me a little bit of Semin, though less strong and stocky. If he can round out his game he should be a perennial 30-goal scorer.

    • jb8588 - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Though I don’t feel he reminds me of Semin, I agree 100% that Burakovsky is going to be a stud. I watched him for the first time in Erie a couple of months back, and he was BY FAR the best player on the ice that game against a tough Guelph team. He certainly looked like a more complete player than McDavid (though there is an age difference) and seemed to always have the puck on his stick.

  2. blomfeld - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    HEJA SVERIGE !!! :)

    GOOD MORNING AMERICA !!! :)

    ___________________________

    I Blomfeld predict that not only will these two countries ‘carry the day’ at the World Juniors there in the city where I once toiled as a ‘glorious’ shipyard worker back in 1980 (Kockums Varv AB), but as well they will find victory in the Caucuses come February !

    Seger för Sverige ! :)

    Let’s go America ! :)

  3. mclovinhockey - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Lots of good prospects named on this list…. I know a 15 save shutout isn’t much, but hoping Stolie will be as good as he is expected to be at the NHL level in 5 years or so…. Every time I look at that trade people make fun of the flyers for doing (the 2nd and 3rd for Bob, which turned out to be Stolie and Ghost, two of the best prospects Philly has had in their positions in close to 10 years) I start to think Homer got a good return…. Then to Mason for Leghtion to that deal a few months later, I start to laugh at how much better of a deal we got.

    Thanks Homer.

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