World Juniors 2022

5 bold predictions for the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championships

Every year, the hockey world shifts its focus to the World Juniors as the best players from the U20 circuit descend upon a city or two to represent their country during the holidays. 

In the lead up to the tournament, talking heads try to divine who among the clear favourites will walk away with the gold and which players will take home tournament MVP, and so on. And every year there is a surprise or six that end up stealing the show.

Below are a handful of prognostications that go against the grain to reflect that. Are any of these predictions likely to occur? No. No, they are not. Are they plausible? You bet! By design they are bold and they challenge the status quo. I'd just ask that you exercise a little discretion before betting your mortgage payment on these coming to fruition, even as awesome as it would be if they did.

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World Juniors 2022 Canada U20 Finland U20 Russia U20 Slovakia U20 Sweden U20 WJC-20 Yaroslav Askarov Connor Bedard Joel Blomqvist Pavel Bure Martin Chromiak Sebastian Cossa Sidney Crosby Dalibor Dvorsky William Eklund Wayne Gretzky Carter Hart Alexander Holtz Olli Juolevi Joakim Kemell Patrik Laine Brad Lambert Filip Mesar Matvei Michkov Simon Nemec Jesse Puljujärvi Juraj Slafkovsky Jesper Wallstedt Shane Wright
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