The IIHF World Junior Championship will take place this year in the Czech Republic from Thursday Dec, 26th to Sunday Jan 5th. This is where the best of the best in the future of ice hockey show off their skills for either their future teams or for the upcoming draft while representing their country. In last year’s WJC, Kappo Kakko started to make his presence felt putting up 5 pts in 7 games to help Finland to the gold medal.
Seeing as the tournament is less than a moth away, teams have started to fill out their rosters and a few prominent Ranger prospects are among those.
Team USA announced that both 2018 NHL Entry Draft’s 22nd pick defensemen K’Andre Miller, and 2019 NHL Entry Draft’s 68th pick Zac Jones have made the preliminary roster. Miller, the 19year old defenseman, currently playing for the University of Wisconsin, is widely considered one of the best defensive prospects in the NHL. So far this season, he has put up 6G and 5A in 11 games played. Jones, who plays for UMass Amherst, has put up 8G and 11A in 11 games played.
Team Sweden has just announced their roster and 2 Rangers are featured on it. The first being the 2018 NHL Entry Draft’s 28th pick Nils Lundkvist. So far this year the defensive prospect has put up 4G and 12A in 22 games played for Lulea HF of the Swedish Hockey League. The second player is 2019 NHL Entry Draft’s 58th pick Karl Henriksson. In 28 games played this year for both Frolunda and Sodertalje, he has put up 5G and 19A in 28 games played.
Finland has also announced their preliminary roster that features the Rangers 2019 NHL Entry Draft 5th rounder forward Leevi Aaltonen. He has been playing for KalPa in the Finnish Liiga, their top pro league, and has notched two assists in 19 games this season.
The Future look bright for the Rangers in the coming years!