December 26 2016 08:56PM
In their first game of the tournament, Canada took on Russia in an energetic and high scoring round-robin rematch of the 2015 gold medal game.
Canada played a solid game, as Tyson Jost, Matt Barzal and Dylan Strome put on a show through 3 periods. The team seemed to be working well together, and their play saw a noticeable improvement as the game progressed.
December 26 2016 02:00PM
It's the holiday season, which is often marked by rampant consumerism, eggnog, and the annual World Junior Hockey Championship. Held every year and pitting the top under-20 youngsters in the world against each other, the tournament has become a highlight of the hockey calendar – admittedly in part because TSN sells the heck out of it.
The Calgary Flames are well-represented in this event, with five recent draftees – Dillon Dube (Canada), Tyler Parsons (USA), Adam Fox (USA), Oliver Kylington (Sweden) and Pavel Karnaukhov (Russia) – taking part in the tournament. To give a glimpse at how big a moment the tournament can be for a young player, here's a quick glance at Flames representation in recent World Junior events.
December 26 2016 01:26PM
It's the most wonderful time of year! The World Juniors are back, and with them, we can all unite in arguing with each other about which teenagers carry the best passports. For Canada, the land that occupies most of our hearts, that two-week journey begins with their game against the Russians at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
December 26 2016 12:00PM
Adam Fox has had a great 2016, and he's only played 11 games.
It was a pleasant surprise to hear his name being called on draft weekend 2016. I personally hadn't heard of him before (and to my memory, other FN writers hadn't either), but a quick glance at what he was able to do with the US Development Team had me impressed. Heading into the 2016 hockey season, we had him ranked #8 on our prospect list.
He's dashed those lofty expectations. Right now, he's a big and relevant topic for the Flames because of the World Junior's tournament. Fox is looking like a certain lock, fingers crossed, to be the #1 on the team, providing offensive firepower on an otherwise very defensive defence for the USA WJC squad.
Fox is almost immediately paying off for the Flames, but what of his future?
December 26 2016 10:00AM
With the WJC going on, the focus of the hockey world is all on the prospects. Similarly, we here at FlamesNation are following suit. In case you missed it (was there something important going on yesterday?), we re-ranked our top twenty prospects from the summer.
Now, we're going to pull the curtains back a bit and reveal some of our thinking and impressions about the Flames' farm crop. It's our first roundtable in a while, so we're getting in the spirit of the (hockey) season and discussing the future.