Tournament in Review: How did Leafs prospects fare at the World Juniors?

Jess Pincente
January 06 2017 05:55AM

Well, folks, it's over. The 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship came to a close last night after the USA beat Canada in the shootout to claim the tournament's top spot. 2 Leafs prospects were awarded gold medals in Jeremy Bracco and Joseph Woll.  Carl Grundstrom and Team Sweden had a disappointing 4th place finish after a 2-1 loss to Russia in the bronze medal game, and Team Latvia, along with Martins Dzierkals, finished in 10th place. 

I've been pleasantly surprised by the Leafs prospects at this year's World Juniors. From Carl Grundstom's 5 game point streak to open the tournament, to Joseph Woll's incredible performance against Canada in the NYE classic game, to Jeremy Bracco's crazy offensive abilities, there has certainly been no lack of entertainment over the past 10 days. Though there have also been a few disappointments, the Leafs future seems secure in the hands of their up-and-coming prospects.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 06 2017 05:00AM

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Top Nation moments of 2016, Leafs continue 3rd period collapse, Sedins struggling to carry their line, the Flames and Matt Duchene, Chiarelli deserves credit in Edmonton, the Doug Gilmour trade 25 years ago, Jacob Trouba, Expansion, another Nation member hired by an NHL team and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Kasperi Kapanen, Brendan Leipsic named to AHL All-Star Game

Jeff Veillette
January 05 2017 05:38PM

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While the Toronto Marlies have struggled a bit of late, a few of their top young forwards have broken through the team slump to have massive personal seasons to date. Wingers Kasperi Kapanen and Brendan Leipsic have been rewarded for their efforts as such, joining the North Division All-Stars for the 2017 All-Star Classic.

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CGD: For all the golden marbles (Canada/USA)

Jeff Veillette
January 05 2017 02:00PM

Welp, this is it. Rebounding quite nicely off of a disappointing 2016 tournament, and doing well to pull themselves out of a tough spot against the Swedes last night, the Canadians will take on the United States of America in an epic grudge match at the Bell Centre, to decide the Gold Medal Winner at the 2017 World Juniors. Here's what's going down tonight.

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It's not impatient to believe that the Leafs are actually good

Jeff Veillette
January 05 2017 10:58AM

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Throughout the offseason, a lot of the work that I (and others) put out into the public sphere took a lot of criticism for how it saw the Leafs. The biggest disconnect, it seemed, was where people saw the team on the rebuild timeline, and what they wanted to do as a result. Many saw a team that just finished 30th and believed that there was still plenty of pain to deal with, while myself and others saw a window of opportunity to take advantage of the collection of underpaid youth and skill and push forward as a relatively competitive team.

Even still, even the offseason being far from perfect for the Leafs in my eyes, I felt pretty confident in Toronto's chances.

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