Ranking Canada’s World Junior Players For Future NHL Success – After Tournament

Before the World Junior Championship Hockey Tournament I put out my rankings of Team Canada’s players in regards to future NHL success.  I promised at that time that I would take a look back after the tournament to see if my opinion has changed.

Given that it is a very short competition with Team Canada playing only two exhibition and six tournament games it is not a surprise that I did not have many changes.  However, there were a few players that I had a different opinion of after watching them in these games.

My pre-tournament and post-tournament rankings are displayed in the table below.  The ones that have changed are in bold.

Name

Pos

NHL Team

Rating Before

Rating After

Notes

Ryan Nugent Hopkins

F

EDM

100

100

RNH was Canada’s best player and the best player in the tournament.

Nathan MacKinnon

F

Eligible 2013

100

100

MacKinnon did not see much ice time so it’s very hard to judge his performance.  I still think he will be a star in the NHL.

Jonathan Huberdeau

F

FLA

100

100

Huberdeau along with RNH and Scheifele were Canada’s top players.  He will be in a Panthers jersey if there is an NHL season this year

Jonathan Drouin

F

Eligible 2013

75

100

Benefitted from a lot of ice time and took advantage of it.  I still like MacKinnon ahead of him, but Drouin looks like a star.

Ryan Strome

F

NYI

75

75

He has dominated in the OHL this year, he was very good at times, but invisible when it mattered most.  I think he tops out as a second line centre, but I question whether he gets there.

Dougie Hamilton

D

BOS

75

75

I’m not in love with Hamilton as much as others.  I thought he was below average in the tournament, but he has all the tools to be a top end defenseman.

Morgan Rielly

D

TOR

75

75

Did not get as much ice time in the tournament as I thought.  I think that was a mistake.  He showed flashes of what he can be at the next level.  Great skater, very good puck mover.

Mark Scheifele

F

WPG

50

75

I was most impressed with Scheifele in the tournament.  Big, strong forward with good hands.  Made the transition to the wing with ease

Griffin Reinhart

D

NYI

75

50

Reinhart looked very slow on the big ice and I am not sure he has the puck moving ability to be a top four consistently at the NHL level

Boone Jenner

F

CBJ

50

50

Missed three games due to suspension, good depth player, most likely a third line center in the NHL.

Brett Ritchie

F

DAL

50

50

Ritchie struggled offensively in the tournament, but I like his skill set.  I think he finds a niche in the NHL, but I don’t think he will be a scorer.

Phillip Danault

F

CHI

50

50

Danault is an underrated role player.  He looks to be a player that can play a role in the NHL.

Xavier Ouellet

D

DET

50

50

Ouellet was probably Canada’s best defenseman in the tournament.  Reminds me a lot of Carlo Colaiacovo.

Malcolm Subban

G

BOS

50

50

Despite the negativity surrounding his play I thought Subban was pretty good in the tournament.  Very tough to project goalies this early in development, but as a first round pick you would expect an NHL career

Scott Harrington

D

PIT

50

0-25

Another defenseman I am not as high on as others.  I was disappointed with his tournament and I’m not sure Harrington moves well enough on the back end to carve out a long career in the NHL

Ryan Murphy

D

CAR

0-25

0-25

Had a very bad tournament.  A lot of skill from the back end, but not sure if team’s will want a PP specialist on their blue line.

Tyler Wotherspoon

D

CGY

0-25

0-25

Wotherspoon had a pretty good tournament, but he lacks mobility to be a consistent pro at NHL level

Anthony Camara

F

BOS

0-25

0-25

Camara is a guy that can find a niche in the NHL as a fourth line grinder with toughness like a Gregory Campbell.

J.C. Lipon

F

Undrafted

0-25

0-25

Lipon was essentially unnoticeable in the tournament.  Still undrafted I’m not sure anyone uses a pick on him in June.

Ty Rattie

F

STL

0-25

0-25

Rattie moved up the lineup and finished the tournament on the top line.  He’ll get a shot in the NHL, but not sure he becomes a scoring forward.

Jordan Binnington

G

STL

0-25

0-25

Binnington struggled in the Bronze medal game as the starter.  Like Subban tough to predict goalies at this stage.

Jake Paterson

G

DET

0-25

0-25

Paterson never dressed for the tournament as the team’s third goalie.  Like Subban tough to predict goalies at this stage.

 


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Topics: 2013 WJC, Prospect Ratings, Prospects, Team Canada

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