World Juniors

Aiming For World Junior Gold

Five Panthers prospects, former JR Panther aiming to bring home gold for countries.

Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 9:00 AM ET / World Juniors
By Mike Lewis  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Aiming For World Junior Gold

The World Junior Championship is one of the biggest events in the world of hockey; a tournament where players under twenty years of age can represent their country and where the stars of tomorrow come out to shine. This year’s World Junior Championship will take place in Ufa, Russia with games played at the Ufa Arena and Ice Palace Salavat Yulaev. Five Florida Panthers prospects along with a former JR Panther will participate in the tournament to win Gold for their respective countries.

The 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton, saw Sweden end a 31-year drought by defeating Russia in 1-0 in overtime to win gold. Canada missed the finals for the first time in 11 years, but were able to defeat Finland for the bronze by a 4-0 final.

CANADA


2012 WJC Result: Third Place (Bronze)

Jonathan Huberdeau
Florida’s first round (third overall) selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Jonathan Huberdeau has been one of the most talked about prospects in all of the NHL. After highly impressive campaigns with the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL), including winning a Memorial Cup and being named MVP, Huberdeau will be participating in his second World Junior Championship after beating Finland for the Bronze Medal in 2012. An alternate captain for Canada in this tournament, Huberdeau tied for second in points on Team Canada with nine points (1-8-9) in six games, as well as led Team Canada in assists with eight in Calgary and Edmonton. Currently, the captain of Saint John, Huberdeau has a team leading 45 points (16-29-45) in 30 games played. During this season Huberdeau broke the all-time points record for Saint John of 251 and presently sits at 257 points (104-153-257).

USA


2012 WJC Result: Seventh Place

Rocco Grimaldi
Florida’s second round (33rd overall) selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Rocco Grimaldi of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (WCHA) missed the majority of his first collegiate season in 2011-2012 due to injury. Fast forward to the 2012-13 season and you couldn’t tell. The red shirt Freshman, Grimaldi is tied for second on UND in points, with 16 (7-9-16) but is tied for team lead in goals with seven. Grimaldi was recently named Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week for the week of Dec. 9 for exceptional play and becoming ranked second in WCHA rookie scoring. The 5’6”, California native is not only his first season of College Hockey, but in his first World Junior Championship as well. He has plenty of experience on the international stage however, competing for the US national teams prior to college.

Vincent Trocheck
Florida’s third round (64th overall) selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Vincent Trocheck has had a stellar season for the Saginaw Spirit (OHL). Serving as team captain, the Pittsburgh, native has been in the OHL top 10 in scoring all season long. During this 2012-13 campaign, Trocheck broke the all-time Saginaw assist record of 134, and is eight points shy of breaking the all-time points record of 247. This season, Trocheck has 50 points in 35 games played and continues to set the record for all-time assists as he presently boasts 146 career assists (94-146-240). Trocheck will play in his first World Junior Championship.

Shayne Gostisbehere
Philadelphia’s third round (78th overall) selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft

While not a Panthers prospect, Shayne Gostisbehere does have South Florida and Panther roots as he started honing his game in the JR Panther program. The Margate, FL native, who is taking part in his first World Junior Championships is considered an offensive defenseman. In 56 games with Union College, Gostisbehere has posted 35 points from the blue line, including 10 goals in a highly competitive ECAC league, playing a lot of minutes against players that are in their 20s.

SWEDEN


2012 WJC Result: First Place (Gold)

Rasmus Bengtsson
Florida’s second round (59th overall) selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Rasmus Bengtsson of Landskrona, Sweden has been one of the top defenseman playing for the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) this season. Bengtsson not only played junior hockey in Sweden for Rogle, but for it’s parent club in the Swedish Elite League as well. Bengtsson has now transitioned to playing the North American style of game to ready himself for NHL hockey in the future. In 19 games for Muskegon this season he has seven points (0-7-7). Bengtsson will be in his first World Junior Championship.

RUSSIA

2012 WJC Result: Second Place (Silver)

Yaroslav Kosov
Florida’s fifth round (124th overall) selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Yaroslav Kosov has a year of professional hockey in the KHL under his belt. Now in his second season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, the 6’3”, 220 lbs winger has three points (2-1-3) in 29 games played. He will compete in his second World Junior Championship after winning silver with Russia in 2012 and finishing with two goals in five games.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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