The top players from the 2022 World Juniors
The World Juniors has come to a close with a thrilling conclusion.
Canada won an overtime thriller thanks to Kent Johnson‘s second-chance effort, but created because of Canada captain Mason McTavish‘s incredible save — batting the puck out of the air just in front of his own goal line to keep the drive for gold alive.
McTavish was named World Juniors MVP and was the tournament’s leading scorer with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in seven games.
Here’s the rundown of who won what at the 2022 World Juniors:
Media All-Star Team
Goaltender – Jesper Wallstedt (SWE)
Jesper Wallstedt, selected in the first round (No. 20) of the 2021 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild, turned in stingy numbers at the World Juniors for Sweden with a 1.62 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. He had a 12-10-0 record with a 1.98 goals-against and .918 save percentage with Lulea in the SHL in 2021-22.
Defense – Olen Zellweger (CAN)
Olen Zellweger, picked No. 34 in the second round in the 2021 draft by the Anaheim Ducks, led all tournament defensemen in scoring through to the final, putting up 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in six games. He scored 78 points (14 goals, 64 assists) in 55 games for the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League.
Defense – Emil Andrae (SWE)
Emil Andrae, nabbed in the second round (No. 54) of the 2020 draft by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2020, was second among all blueliners in the World Juniors with eight points (four goals, four assists). No defensemen had more goals. Andrae, 20, had 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) in 41 games for HV71 in Allsvenskan last season.
Forward – Mason McTavish (CAN)
McTavish, picked No. 3 in the 2021 NHL Draft, led all tournament participants in scoring through to the final, netting 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in six games. He scored 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 29 Ontario Hockey League games with Peterborough and Hamilton this past year, and played nine game in the NHL with the Ducks
Forward – Jan Mysak (CZE)
Jan Mysak, selected in the second round (No. 48) by the Montreal Canadiens, tied for the team-lead in scoring with eight points (four goals, four assists) while serving as Czechia’s captain. The 20-year-old netted 64 points (34 goals, 30 assists) in 61 games played with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Ohl this season.
Forward – Joakim Kemell (FIN)
Joakim Kemell, nabbed in the first round (No. 17) of the 2022 draft by the Nashville Predators, finished second in World Juniors scoring behind McTavish with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in seven games. He had 23 points (15 goals, eight assists) in 39 games for JYP in Liiga last season.
Best Players of Each Team
DAY 1: JOAKIM KEMELL AND THE THINGS WE LEARNED ON DAY 1
DAY 2: CONNOR BEDARD AND THE THINGS WE LEARNED ON DAY 2
DAY 3: MASON MCTAVISH AND THE THINGS WE LEARNED FROM DAY 3
DAY 4: OSKAR OLAUSSON AND THE THINGS WE LEARNED ON DAY 4
DAY 5: WYATT KAISER AND THE THINGS WE LEARNED FROM DAY 5
DAY 6: RALFS BERGMANIS AND WHAT WE LEARNED FROM DAY 6
DAY 7: RIDLY GREIG AND WHAT WE LEARNED FROM DAY 7
QUARTERS: ROBY JARVENTIE AND WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE QUARTERS
SEMIS: OLEN ZELLWEGER AND WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE SEMIFINALS
FINALS: DYLAN GARAND AND WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE FINAL
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