Slovakia will once again have a rough hill to climb at the World Juniors. In this year’s tournament, Slovakia is in group B along with the United States, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland. Let’s take a look at the Slovakia roster for this year’s tournament.
In the World Juniors, Germany has been a team constantly in and out of the top division for the bulk of the last 20 years. When they take the ice today against Finland, it will be the third year in a row they have been in the main tournament.
Canada heads into the World Junior Tournament as one of the favorites to capture the gold medal once again. They will look to win the nation’s third since 2015. The team is looking to avenge their loss in the final game to the United States a year ago.
Now that Russia has announced its roster for the 2022 IIHF World Juniors, they are looking to grab a medal of some kind. But, of course, gold is always preferable, especially since it has been ten years since they last brought home the gold.
Last year, Austria unceremoniously went 0-4 in World Junior Round Robin play. This year, they are back via a get-out-of-jail-free card, that being a relegation freeze due to the ongoing COVID pandemic.
Looking at Finland’s finalized roster for the 2022 World Junior Championship, we find a few players returning from last year’s bronze medal team. However, they will be without Anton Lundell, who led the team in points in last year’s tournament.
Sweden is set to hit 10 years since their last World Juniors win if they don’t take gold this year. On top of having their absurd 54 game round-robin win streak snapped by the Russians last year, they also have only medaled just four times since their 2012 win.