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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.


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).


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.


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.


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.




1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01

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