The round robin of the IIHF World Hockey Championships have finished up today. The good news is that all Flames participants in the event – Czech Republic’s Jiri Hudler, Canada’s Sean Monahan, USA’s Johnny Gaudreau and Sweden’s Mikael Backlund – have qualified for Thursday’s quarterfinals.
The better news is that Johnny Gaudreau, the most pint-sized of Calgary’s undersized forward prospects, has been on an absolute tear.
Gaudreau had 10 points in the round robin, third overall behind Russia’s Victor Tikhonov and France’s Antoine Roussel. He leads the entire tournament in both assists…and sweet dangles.
The USA opens the quarters against the Czech Republic. Canada plays Finland. Sweden plays Belarus. Russia draws France.