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The round robin portion of the 2014 World Juniors has come to an end with all six Hab prospects moving on to the medal round. All of Montreal's representatives have made a positive impact in the early goings of the tournament; most figure to be important players down the stretch. Here is a closer look at how each prospect has fared so far.
Sebastian Collberg (SWE)
The 3rd year winger was expected to be a key cog for the host Swedes. Although he finds himself tied for 5th in team scoring, he hasn't has as big of an impact as I anticipated. Collberg has stood out at times, particularly on the powerplay, and as always he is a threat to shoot wherever he is on the ice. However, he hasn't been among their go-to guys early on. Playing on their top line, the expectations will be higher in these final few games.
Stats: 4 GP, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, 2 PIMS, +4 rating, 10 shots
Jacob De la Rose (SWE)
He has been used primarily on a line with a pair of players who have been in the NHL this year (Forsberg and Lindholm) and to his credit, he certainly hasn't looked out of place. De la Rose has also been a regular on both special teams units while both of his goals have been game winners. As the importance of the games grows, expect Team Sweden to lean on him even more. If his play so far is any indication, De la Rose should rise to the challenge.
Stats: 4 GP, 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points, 4 PIMS, +3 rating, 11
shots, 11/19 faceoffs
Zach Fucale (CAN)
The tournament didn't get off to the best of starts for the Habs' 2nd rounder as he lost the starting job in the pre-tournament games. After Canada lost to the Czechs, he got his chance to reclaim the crease and Fucale hasn't looked back. His first start against Slovakia had some highs and lows but he looked much more comfortable against the US. The pressure will be on as it will be on him to try to end Canada's first place drought.
Stats: 2 GP, 2-0-0 record, 2.50 GAA, .896 SV%
Charles Hudon (CAN)
By all accounts, he narrowly made the team but he has seen action in every game despite often being used as the 13th forward. He hasn't looked out of place on the 'QMJHL' line with Drouin and Mantha and when he has been on that trio, he has had the trust of the coaches to play in late game situations. Unfortunately, there haven't been too many instances of this yet as he has only taken a regular shift in one game. Now that teams are in must-win situations, he may find himself playing even less moving forward.
Stats: 4 GP, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point, 0 PIMS, +5 rating, 6 shots
Artturi Lehkonen (FIN)
A lower body injury took him out of the last two games (even though the game sheet shows he only missed one) but in the early going, Lehkonen has performed as expected. Paired up with Chicago first rounder Teuvo Teravainen, that line has been the Finns' most dangerous so far. However, he has been the least noticeable on his trio, something that should change presuming he's back to full health now.
Stats: 2 GP, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points, 2 PIMS, +2 rating, 8 shots
Martin Reway (SVK)
The diminutive fourth rounder has been a revelation so far. He has been the key cog in what is surprisingly the most dangerous trio in the entire tournament by a considerable margin. A good chunk of Slovakia's offence flows through him though I'd like to see Reway a little less exuberant in calling for the puck so frequently. They will be in tough to move on past the quarters but if the Slovaks are to have any chance of moving on, Reway will have to be even better than he has been so far.
Stats: 4 GP, 4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points, 2 PIMS, +1 rating, 17
- 2014 World Juniors/Spengler Cup StatTracker posted by B. La Rose